This documentary about Butch Anthony further illustrates my experience in Mississippi last fall as I tried to define “Southern Art.” I discovered that “Southern Art” is folk art intertwined with modern art practices in the South. Quilt designs become graphic designs, food shapes inspire sculpture, and every day items like chairs and baskets become refined and reinvented into objects that you can use and revere. I think there are a lot of negative stereotypes about the South so I’m glad that the artwork that is being discovered is loved by all and may help change the attitude.
I’m looking forward to this documentary being on my monthly art movie list!
“Alabama-native and former taxidermist Butch Anthony gave Etsy a tour of the “Museum of Wonder” – his junk/art shop – and more importantly, his absolutely beautiful home. Never judge a book…”
And finally, to get in the mood for what I’m talking about, Chickasaw Mudd Puppies is a required listen. It is too bad they disappeared in the early 90’s, I loved them :
Speaking of my monthly art movie list. This was last night’s treat…
In the Realms of the Unreal
“This documentary tells the story of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day with few — if any — friends, but by night a literary artist with a unique vision. Darger’s resulting 15,000-page epic is a wonderland of imagination as it details the exploits of seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against men who enslave children.”
This is also, like the video above, the story of how artists take “garbage” and create meaningful, beautiful, desirable works of art with it. I guess the topic is on my mind recently because a lot of the things I have been using in my Apocalyptic dolls are recyclable items that people often donate to my studio. And next month at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery we will have a ’tile show’ that combines discarded tiles from work sites and children’s book illustrations that were rescued from the trash. Combine that with acrylic paint and a finish and you have an instant piece of art to hang on a wall or give as a gift. Or, as in the case of Henry Darger, you have a 15,000 page illustrated book.
The Tile Project, Art for the Masses
First Friday, May 6th 2011
266 Pine Street, Suite 105
Burlington, VT 05401