Inside Out: NeoOutsider
August 22, 2016 - September 23, 2016
An exhibition exploring experimentation, obsession and play
There will be a closing reception, September 23 from 5 -7pm, with a gallery talk by the curator at 6pm.
Statement, Patricia Thornton:
A long time ago I learned that great things happen when I
surround myself with people I admire. One of the ways I get to know and work
with artists I admire is by organizing group art shows. For this show, Inside
– Out / Neo Surrealism, I asked four experimental, playful artists who
I deeply admire to join me. My intentions for assembling this show are twofold:
to pay homage to some of my favorite Outsider and Surrealist artists like
Jean DeBuffet and Frida Kahlo and to show the world that sometimes
the answers lie in the creation of things.
I have long-worked in the surrealist
tradition (one of the tenets is that the unconscious mind is as valid (or more
valid) as what a person might conjure rationally), and I appreciate and value
the happy accident. When I am making this work I am accessing the child within,
letting and making accidents happening to see new relationships between marks
and resulting imagery. I am looking for a new way of seeing.
As an artist it can be difficult to draw
the line between ugly and beautiful. If it is too pretty, it can be saccharine
and unreal. Too ugly, it can look
immature, and well, difficult for the viewer to enter.
New-outsider art puts me in touch with
my imagination and inner voice. It reminds me to have an open mind, to let the
work lead me instead of attaching some precept to it. When I make this work the
possibilities are endless and the discoveries of characters and narratives
For example, "My place and my
neighbors" is made from my handmade pieces. I didn't start with a
preconceived idea. After working on it for a while I realized it was about my
neighbor who works at Ace Hardware. He brings piles of stuff home (hardware,
equipment, cabinets, dog kennels, cans of substances, etc.) They are strewn all over his property among
the dogs he breeds (and leaves outside in freezing weather). I think I am the large person on the left,
baring my teeth, maybe
there should be an audible sound coming out of the mouth but instead there is
just a grimace of frustration.
If life is crazy can art
reflect that? Probably not. And it should come as no surprise that art
establishments have trouble, and even the greater community, with art that
doesn’t conform to standards and expectations. Many people want to think
everything is ok – and we all know there is no rhyme or reason to how things
go. Outsider art is historically labeled to the work of the self-taught,
insane, etc. I can’t think of a more appropriate tag for any authentic art form.
am intrigued by texture and driven by the idea of taking simple art-forms to
complex levels. I often find my own way by inventing new mediums or using strange
materials such as rice, beans, or yarn, not unlike a kindergartener. My work
has an obsessive quality and I go through a lot of glue. My primary motivation
for making art is my own desire to watch it unfold. For the last few years, I
have been working on a body of work made primarily from hand dyed rice that is
an homage to the epic images of the album covers I grew up with, but I have
recently embarked on a new love affair with felt and other soft
art is a reflection of my haphazard nature. Things happen and I let them
happen. I move from thing to thing and I see what happens. All this art
happened and now you are looking at it. This is what is happening.