May 16th, 2006

moi

Inner Worlds Outside...

Went to the Whitechapel on the hateful 25 bendy bus. They're new, but always so dirty; has that got something to do with how people detest them? It didn't catch fire, at least.
I got my full discount with no problems, and it was a good show.
Actually, I was most impressed with some little pieces by artists I wasn't familiar with, especially Margery Penfold's two wee 'Despair' watercolours, and Adolf Schendel's 'Toad Pond:Full Moon'.
I find Albert Louden's weird domestic psychodramas intriguing, and I like Sava Sekulik a lot.
There was a slideshow of creatively enhanced environments, and Bruno Weber's really blew me away. Very spooky, rich and strange.

Here are some supersize URLS to see some of this cool stuff.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.outsiderart.co.uk/Thumbnails-124x160/louden22.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.outsiderart.co.uk/louden.htm&h=160&w=206&sz=12&tbnid=kRgKcmEAwKs5wM:&tbnh=77&tbnw=100&hl=en&start=12&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522albert%2Blouden%2522%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26safe%3Doff

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.naiveart.org.yu/images/um0400.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.naiveart.org.yu/um04e.htm&h=138&w=160&sz=7&tbnid=FHFQlNK8RljTAM:&tbnh=79&tbnw=92&hl=en&start=23&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522sava%2Bsekulic%2522%26start%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN

http://www.labyrinthe.com/bruno_weber/index.html

I can't say I find Madge Gill's endlessly repeated patterns and faces all that compelling, but I'd certainly have liked to have a chat with her. (She was a medium, among other things.)
It also baffles me how people like Sean Molloy and Augustin Lesage manage to produce these teeny weeny incredibly elaborate mandala-like things.Admirable, but just plain nuts, to me.
I'd never seen any of Henry Darger's really large pieces, and some of them were impressive; gorgeous colours. There was also a more basic pencil sketch of a brute strangling a little girl (one of Darger's recurrent themes-) that was pretty full-on and effective. Strange old dude...
Very enjoyable, all in all.
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