Folk Art guard named "Sourdough" watches over the shop.
Real Photo Postcard c. 1920 Seattle Scenic Photo Publishing Co.
Collection Jim Linderman
The Hand Painted Signs of Joe Light, Memphis TN Southern Folk Artist Original Photographs by Jim Linderman
Joe Light was an African-American man from Tennessee, but he called himself an American Jew. He spoke his views to the neighborhood by messages posted on his house and shop. Later, he was encouraged to paint. Small works are seen mounted on his antique shop, and a number of paintings owned by the Souls Grown Deep collection can be seen here.
Original Photographs of Joe Light Environment c. 1993 by Jim Linderman
Did you know restaurant menus NEVER use blue ink? It is because blue has been shown to decrease the appetite. Think about it. From the Waffle House all the way to the Four Seasons, every shade of bright, vibrant and fresh appears, but blue is a no-no.
in 1842 Sir John Herschel invented the cyanotype, but it was a woman named Anna Atkins who turned it into an art. In one of the most arcane activities I can imagine, and for some curious reason, Dame Atkins decided to collect algae and save them by laying each on light-sensitized paper, creating some 400 images which were published in the first book of photographs. So the very first photograph book was not only published by a woman, it was composed entirely of blue photographs of seaweed. Only 17 copies exist today.
Cyanotypes must be the least expensive photography technique, as the once ubiquitous "blueprints" used by architects and home builders were cyanotypes.
The most extraordinary property of the cyanotype is it's regenerative behavior. Like a starfish with an arm torn off, they come back! They lose their blue easily, but if a faded cyanotype photograph is stored in a dark environment, a good deal of the original color will return like magic. Maybe we should print money in blue?
Pages from an unidentified book of industrial cyanotypes, no cover or date. Circa 1920
Collection Jim Linderman
Excerpt and Film HERE
By Cassie Packard
Photographs by Oresti Tsonopoulos
Ursula Magazine from Hauser and Wirth
Pair of Birds Feeding Folk Art Schoolgirl Art by Audrey Kouba c. 1940 collection Jim Linderman
Books and affordable Ebooks by the author available from Blurb HERE
Any artist admired by John Waters is at the very least interesting, he being an informed, if unconventional collector. This HAS to be especially true if the painter happens to be a former gun moll, showgirl and self-admitted lover of 2,000 men. Her autobiography was titled My First 2,000 Men and while I haven't read it, I believe her. She had two week long marriage at age 15. It set the pattern, but she survived.
Ms. Renay lived a rich life. She knew and consorted with Mobster Mickey Cohen, and she loved him, I guess. At least, she loved him enough to help him launder some money which came up during the investigation of the murder of mobster Albert Anastasia. That is not a small time gangster. That is a gangster when they were bigger than General Motors. Anastasia was said to have been done in by Crazy Joe Gallo.
Liz passed away on January 22, 2007.
One of the best ways to remember Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins, her real name, would be to appreciate the fabulously goofy outsider art paintings she created. There aren't enough paintings by showgirls.
Unlike most self-taught naives, Liz eventually went from obscure to big time, finally achieving a major show at adventurous and prestigious art gallery Deitch Projects in New York. Art snobs like to say an artist's background doesn't have anything to do with their artistic esthetics, painterly qualities and such, but I think Deitch knew a good story when he saw one.
The magnificent exhibition of paintings was put together by the Burlesque Hall of Fame and Deitch. Not only are they huge in scale and scope, they are bizarre and that's great. That whole "Low-Brow" art movement owes her a debt. The installation was a few years ago, but let's help it keep making some news. It is said she painted 150 works.
View the show HERE, which was installed with numerous objects from her career. Her work, which sold for a few grand in the 1960s is holding firm...see one for sale at 15 grand HERE
Deitch Projects is HERE. Burlesque Hall of Fame is HERE, and the images are theirs. A nice slide show also appears HERE on artnet.
My First 2,000 Men is HERE.
19th Century Folk Art Portrait Drawing of Dr. H. S. Harper. Circa 1850.
Collection Jim Linderman
See also the book (and affordable ebook) Eccentric Folk Art Drawings of the 19th and 20th Century available now.
Trapunto is the technique of padding sections of a textile to create a puffy, stuffed decorative feature. These "morning ritual" padded butts qualify! Matching hand towels. Man holds razor, woman a powder puff. Circa 1950. Collection Jim Linderman
Home Visit from a Burlesque Queen and her trunk of changes. Group of original photographs, circa 1950. Collection Jim Linderman
A giant devil rattlesnake acts up through the power of Satan (and electricity running through the conduit pipe) which brings him life! It's Augie Mack's giant automaton! The powerful creation of Mr. Mack weighed 300 pounds. The blog post HERE tells as much of the story as is known.