STEVE MURISON: JAZZ UP YOUR LIZARD
1st – 5th February 2017, Brighton UK
“I think about skulls all the time, inverted crosses, mouldering decay. I picture burning beasts howling with intricate jewelled crowns. Have you ever witnessed something go horribly wrong? I haven’t looked at much of other peoples art for a few years, my simple line is unfurling and my cerulean blue stained hands give a hearty wave your way. Rum and coke. Violent Science fiction. The folk I love. Endless coffee on Sunday mornings. Bukowski. McCarthy. Tool. All my days smeared across ragged boards.”
To mark kdoutsiderart.com’s 5th anniversary, this exhibition was a collaboration with Gallery Lock In, a platform for artists working in durational performance and socially engaged visual art exhibitions.
KDOUTSIDERART: 5 YEARS
An online exhibition celebrating 5 years of kdoutsiderart.com
REDEFINING OUTSIDER ART: LOOKING AT LANGUAGE
An online exhibition looking at the term outsider art and what it means in the 21st century
A new online exhibition focusing on the term outsider art and what it means to YOU as an artist launched in August 2016.
kdoutsiderart.com regularly focuses on the ambiguities of the term outsider art and what potential impact it might have on the artists it aims to ‘define.’ In late 2015, I posted a blog that outlined the thoughts of six artists who find themselves housed under this ‘outsider’ umbrella. I wanted to expand on this idea, so invited artists who might in some way align themselves with the term outsider art to tell me what they think – visually and with words.
The responses were very diverse and interesting, providing real-life responses from artists as well as some potential alternatives.
I have put them together in an online exhibition, which you can visit by clicking here.
My hope is that this project will be a positive addition to the continuing conversation around the term ‘outsider art.’
An exhibition Exploring the relationship between Catharsis and art
@ NOW and AGAIN Gallery, 17B Beaconsfield Villas, Brighton, BN1 6HA
In July 2015, kdoutsiderart.com co-curated ‘Miraculous Urgency’; an exhibition in collaboration with Daniella Norton of Now and Again Gallery (Brighton, UK) focusing on the theme of catharsis and art.
The dictionary definition of cathartic is “providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions.” It is the purging, or evacuation of feelings and emotions. Work created as catharsis by artists might differ from their general artistic practice. It might be work created for personal reasons, regardless of whether anyone was ever going to see it or not. Or perhaps the term catharsis covers an artist’s whole practice. Maybe it is a piece that was the result of a powerful reaction to something whether made at the time or at a later date.
Perhaps many artists operate in a more “Brechtian’ state of unresolved or subverted catharsis, whereby there is no resolution or rebalancing through the work itself; they carry on making and making and thinking and thinking. The viewer might leave the piece with unresolved thoughts akin to Brecht’s ‘activated’ audiences. However, this exhibition seeks introspective moments within artistic practice, where for whatever reason, a cathartic act has taken place.
Miss the show? Click here to see some images of the work in situ.
NOW and AGAIN
17B Beaconsfiled Villas, Brighton, BN1 6HA