Stories in Abundance at the 2019 Outsider Art Fair

One of the most marvelous aspects of the Outsider Art Fair is the way in which much the work displayed is steeped in stories. In asking about one of the very first drawings I encountered (at the stand for the gallery Yukiko Koide Presents) I learned that the artist Yuichiro Ukai is 23 years old, on the autism spectrum, and meshes Manga cartoons he loves to watch with traditional Japanese figurative representation. The scenes Ukai present are chaotic and churning, the life of a town decocted into one varicolored image in which everything is happening at once. A little later in my exploration I happened on a wood panel piece that immediately made me smile — because a goggly set of eyes with two small dots for nostrils set above two wood planks joined together where their gaps correspond so that they create a silly but charming doofus-like grin. The resulting face the gallerist at Wilsonville told me was made by a Mexican man who is 73 and only started making visual art a few years ago because his daughter had asked for an image that resembled David Bowie. The fair is replete with stories like these in which the character and circumstances of the artist makes the art richer with the accompanying narrative embroidery.

– Hyperallergic

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Toto’s “Africa” to Play “For All Eternity” in African Desert Art Installation

The Namib is a desert in southern Africa, and thanks to a new sound installation, it will be the home to a new art installation that aims to play Toto’s “Africa” on eternal repeat, NPR reports. Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf’s installation is appropriately titled “Toto Forever.” It utilizes six speakers, an MP3 player featuring literally just that one song, and solar energy in an effort to play the song “for all eternity,” according to the artist. See what it looks like below.

– Pitchfork

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Interview: Artist Hand-Cuts Intricate Illustrations from Single Sheets of Paper

Each complex design is a testament to Dyrlaga’s expert skill and admirable patience, not to mention her steady hand. From flowers and leaves to patterned serpents and feathered birds, each paper silhouette is inspired by her natural surroundings in the English countryside of her hometown. No matter her subject, Dyrlaga manages to include an awe-inspiring amount of detail. Every petal and leaf features thinly sliced botanical veins, bird feathers are rendered from hundreds of textural lines, and in one particular snake piece, Dyrlaga hand-cut each individual scale, one-by-one.

– My Modern Met

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The Italian Art Supply Shop That Keeps Renaissance Painting Techniques Alive

Dante called it “the cursed and unlucky ditch.” Half a millennium later, Tuscany’s Arno river would more than live up to that title. Just before dawn on November 4, 1966, the rain-swollen river abruptly broke its banks; its waters surged through Florence at speeds of 45 miles per hour and flooded the city with 18 billion gallons of mud and grime. Yet for all the destruction the natural disaster unleashed, it would also provide a major turning point for one of the city’s most beloved art-supply shops.

– Artsy

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