Tag: Outsider Art

“ARTIFICIAL, ESPERANTO ART” AND ITS DISCONTENTS

“ARTIFICIAL, ESPERANTO ART” AND ITS DISCONTENTS

CAREER SUICIDE

20150327OUTSIDER-slide-44G0-jumbo Costumes by Vahad Poladian. Photo by Hiroko Masuike, The New York Times

Some gems from Raw Creation: Outsider Art and Beyond by John Maizels. Regular readers of this blog will know that I like a bit of O/outsider attitude.

“What country doesn’t have its small sector of cultural art, its brigade of career intellectuals? It’s obligatory. From one capital to another they perfectly ape one another, practising an artificial, esperanto art, which is indefatigably recopied everywhere. But can we really call this art? Does it have anything to do with art?” Jean Dubuffet in L’Art brut préferé aux arts culturels, 1946.

This was in 1946 and it’s still just as true seventy years later. Very, very depressing. This tale of masterful gallery fucking-uppery is much more comforting:

“Scottie Wilson (1888-1972)… had been a junk dealer, making a living by salvaging what he could from the bits and pieces that…

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THE ONLY ART PRIZE THAT MATTERS

THE ONLY ART PRIZE THAT MATTERS

CAREER SUICIDE

brent_painting_largeThe American artist who made this prizewinning work is 37 years old (nearly too old to be an “emerging artist”!) and he’s based in Keithville, Louisiana. He has developed a unique canvas-based practice in which he uses his tongue to apply pigment with a methodical understanding of seriality that leads to a rich columnar vocabulary of mark-making. His name is Brent and he looks like this:

brent_resizeBrent recently won first prize in the Chimpanzee Art Competition run by the Humane Society of the United States and voted for by the public. The entrants have all formerly been used for medical research, kept in unsuitable zoos, or rescued from abusive “acting” or “performing” situations. They now live out their retirements in various sanctuaries, where some of them paint better than a number of Debut Contemporary’s clients. Their paintings will soon be auctioned on eBay to raise money for charity. The…

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HOOKING UP FOR AN EMBLETTA STUDY

HOOKING UP FOR AN EMBLETTA STUDY

CAREER SUICIDE

A member of my family recently visited a sleep clinic. The machine she was given to take home in order to monitor her oxygen levels and so on during the night included an instruction sheet. The first side is fairly straightforward, albeit messy. I like that all the “other options” are there for you to see but they’re all crossed out; it’s the NHS in a nutshell.

Embletta1The reverse side, though, includes these… shall we say… vernacular… additions. Yes, we all know it’s difficult to draw fingers that don’t look like sausages, but it looks like a serial killer has been doodling here. The dismembered hands. The dehumanised, puppet-like people. The cryptic, unexplained diagrams. It puts the tape and lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again…

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SOUZOU: OUTSIDER ART FROM JAPAN

SOUZOU: OUTSIDER ART FROM JAPAN

CAREER SUICIDE

The Wellcome Trust, London, 28th March–30th June 2013

Having seen this great exhibition of so-called Outsider Art– i.e. art by untrained people in care– I’m more convinced than ever that there’s either an absolutely massive number of respected contemporary artists running around with serious but undiagnosed mental illnesses and learning disabilities… or going to art school, having an MA or a PhD, knowing the right people in the art world, being shown in the “right” [sic] galleries, and being spoken of and approved of in high level critical discourses around contemporary art all signify absolutely bugger all about an artist’s talent or ability in most cases. Because there’s basically no difference between much of the work in Souzou and much of the work to be seen in contemporary art galleries and art fairs all over the developed world. Except possibly there’s a slight difference in the sense that…

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