Category Archives: Artist Profile
Henry Darger

The Ultimate Outsider: Celebrating Henry Darger on His 125th Birthday

Despite the growing canon of Outsider Art, Chicago’s Henry Darger stands among one of its central and most significant figures. Intensely reclusive, he worked by day as a hospital janitor, a banal occupation that could not be more different from his inner life in his one-room apartment in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. His habitat was […]

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We Live Here: The Unplanned Art Community at Benton Plaza

“I started dreaming about my art until I realized I could draw what I was dreaming,” says Ruth Van Order. Standing grand and magnificent the Neo-Renaissance styled Benton Plaza in Corvallis Oregon is testimony to many cultural and social changes over the years. Formerly a hotel and now a repurposed mixed use building, Benton Plaza […]

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A Day in the Country: Collage’s with Bruce New

I first met Bruce New in 2015 at “A Day in the Country,” an annual Morehead, KY art fair where Kentucky folk artists can show and sell. In addition to the 2D collages he is most known for, New had globes and even a guitar decorated with his familiar artistic style. We admired each other’s […]

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Pioneering Work in Cars, Buses, and Trains: The Art of Chase Ferguson

In 2011 Chase Ferguson traversed the streets of New York’s boroughs—paper and pen in hand—documenting what was fast becoming a quotidian artifact of the city’s infrastructure: the single-space parking meter. Many people would have passed by Ferguson and these meters at that time without giving a second thought. By contrast, on a Sunday in early […]

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Mapping the Senses: The Tapestry of Jessie Dunahoo

In the back corner of Latitude Arts, a shared creative space deep in a Lexington, Kentucky industrial complex, Jessie Dunahoo is hard at work. Dunahoo is eighty-four. He sports a sturdy flannel, Liberty denim overalls, and a sewing needle balanced between his lips. For the past few years, three days a week and six hours […]

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Reviving Pasaquan: Freshly Restored, an Otherworldly Retreat in the Southern Backwoods

Saint EOM was a self-proclaimed psychic who told fortunes for a living. But when it came to the future of Pasaquan, his flamboyantly sculpted, rainbow-hued compound in rural Georgia, his predictions depended on his mood. On some occasions he confidently declared the place would one day become a spiritual center, attracting followers of the new […]

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The Inscape in Escape Routes: Five Works by Hiroyuki Doi

Hiroyuki Doi’s work is an exercise in meditation as much as it is a topography exorcising grief. Each work is an exaltation of depth: meditative and obsessive while occupying a manic space that swells toward a calm. The five Doi works in the group exhibition, “Escape Routes,” currently on view at the John Michael Kohler […]

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Art and Basketball: The Wood Carvings of Lavon Williams

LaVon WIlliams was not the first in his family to become a woodcarver. His half-brother, David Wright, first exposed Williams to the craft by carving some of the toys that Williams would play with as a child, including one a Williams’ favorite toys— a replica of the Apollo. Wright was in turn inspired by their […]

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Take Me to the Moon: Alma Thomas

Alma Thomas was the first African-American woman to be featured in the White House art collection; the first African-American woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the first person to graduate from Howard University with a degree in Fine Art. As an artist who achieved unprecedented success in the […]

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Connection to Art through the Creation Process for Three Self-Taught Artists

Three self-taught contemporary artists on the relationship that they have with their work and connection to art Artistic practice and the relationship that artists foster with their work is canonically seeded with the markings of ritual, catharsis, spirituality and catharsis. For many artists, the connection that’s developed in the process makes it difficult for them […]

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