REDEFINING OUTSIDER ART: LOOKING AT LANGUAGE AN ONLINE EXHIBITION LOOKING AT THE TERM OUTSIDER ART AND WHAT IT MEANS IN THE 21ST CENTURY Call out for submissions to an online exhibition focusing on the term outsider art and what it means to YOU as an artist. kdoutsiderart.com regularly focuses on the ambiguities of the term outsider … Continue reading CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS: Redefining Outsider Art
I feel like I haven’t written a longer piece on outsider art and its accompanying tensions in a long time. A visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester – part of a team day out in my final weeks working for Outside In - took me back four years to the research I was conducting … Continue reading The Story of Art: our collective history
In the UK – despite much progress since the abolition of large psychiatric hospitals and a significant increase in care in the community – stigma surrounding mental health issues is still an incredibly prominent issue. The Mental Health Foundation notes that “people with mental health problems say that the social stigma attached to mental ill … Continue reading The ‘S’ Word: can the arts reduce mental health stigma?
Every now and then I like to twist myself up into knots thinking about the term ‘outsider art’; what it means in today’s context and whether we should even be using it anymore. You can find some of my thoughts under the ‘Outsider Art: Theory and Thoughts’ category (or by clicking here), but in this … Continue reading What Does the Term ‘Outsider Art’ Mean to You?
Has the time finally come to erase the term outsider art? Its all-encompassing - and negatively perceived - character divides many people. I have personally been edging ever closer to this idea over the past few years. However, in perhaps a somewhat hesitant, cautious U-turn, I have been coming round to the idea of using the … Continue reading Reclaiming Outsider Art
Above image: Transient Graffiti on Bath Abbey (courtesy of http://www.suitedandbooted.org) Brian Gibson: "It’s 2015 now and after recent events the world seems a lot more complex … so I'm heading back to the relative calm of late 2014. Like a lot of people over the festive break I got myself hooked into various forms of social … Continue reading Brian Gibson: Real Art… Really?
Above image: 'Wagenbach's' art at his home (Courtesy of canadianart.ca) By complete accident, I stumbled across an article I read a few years back about identity, authenticity and autofiction in relation to outsider art. The piece is called ‘Fake Identity, Real Work: Authenticity, Autofiction, and Outsider Art’ and is by M. Kjellman-Chapin. The essay focuses … Continue reading Creating the ‘Outsider’
Featured image: Agnes Richter, needlepoint jacket [notmodernart.tumblr.com] Following Brian Gibson's fantastic previous post, entitled 'What does it mean to be an Outsider?', he has written again for kdoutsiderart. This time, focusing on 'confessional' art. Here, her discusses whether artists who have experienced trauma or health issues feel 'obliged' to create art that is overtly confessional? … Continue reading Brian Gibson: Fessing Up
I asked artist Brian Gibson for his thoughts on the term 'Outsider Art' and what it means to him as a practising artist. Below is his response and a display of his own artwork. Click here for more information on Brian and his work. I have never been quite certain as to where I fit … Continue reading Brian Gibson: What does it mean to be an ‘Outsider’?
Above image: Bill Traylor, Brown Mule, 1939 (source: http://www.petulloartcollection.org) "Categorisation is something that we do naturally and unconsciously every day. We recognise one animal as a cat and another as a dog. We organise objects in the world around us in ways that reflect these categories. In our kitchens, we keep baking trays with other baking … Continue reading Taxonomy: The Problems of Categorisation