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Surreal Influence on Gaga

Diana Han

Graphics Art Editor

Surrealism is a cultural movement founded by Andre Breton in 1924. Andrew Clinton, an art critic said that surrealist artists paint from a “subconscious mind to create art without the intention of logical comprehensibility.” Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, and Frida Kahlo are some of the surrealist artists that impacted the world today. Lady Gaga, the trendiest pop singer, is influenced by surrealism as well.

Lady Gaga’s avant-garde fashion and music videos have been sweeping the media today. Lady Gaga wears dresses made of metal, clear bubble balls, and even caution tape. Despite her flamboyant fashion, she seems to be the trend setter.

Her latest renowned music video, “Alejandro,” mixes dream-like lighting, with metal clothing, and strange choreography, that confuses people. Surrealists try to unite the consciousness and unconsciousness to go against the reality of life. Just like surrealists, Lady Gaga combines eclectic elements together to form the fantasy-like videos.

Her individuality makes her stand out from the rest of the current artists. Nozomi Hayase, a web journalist writes that Lady Gaga “embodies and at the same time questions the trappings of success and the condition of the masses to celebrity culture.” Lady Gaga can be seen as a living embodiment of the 20th Century art.

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