Opening June 21, 2013, at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, From the Outside will present new works from the hands of raw, outsider, primitive, fantastical, brut, untrained, visionary artists. Following last summer’s successful Messages From Outsiderdom exhibition, this visionary art reprise will bring feature the untamed work of nationally-recognized visionary artists—and some you’ve never heard of.
Unlike other art genres, visionary and outsider art can neither be defined simply as one movement set in time nor spelled out in academic terms, rather it is truly only understood when experienced and witnessed first-hand. Perhaps one of the best definitions of visionary and outsider art comes from artist and visionary art proponent Jean Dubuffet. He writes,
"By [Art Brut] we mean pieces of work executed by people untouched by artistic culture, in which therefore mimicry…plays little or no part, so that their authors draw everything from their own depths and not from clichés of classical art or art that is fashionable. Here we are witnessing an artistic operation that is completely pure, raw, reinvented in all its phases by its author, based solely on his own impulses."1
What is most essential to the definition of visionary or outsider art is the raw energy and primal electricity that these works seem to emit. By definition, Dubuffet’s term Art Brut means ‘raw art’ – raw in that it is unaltered and ‘uncooked’ by culture. It somehow exists in a realm all its own. However, we occasionally also place select trained artists under the visionary category. In this seemingly endless search for a comprehensive definition of visionary art, Dubuffet perhaps put it best when he said, “Art is at its best when it forgets its very name."2
In his A Manifesto of Visionary Art, author and visionary artist Laurence Caruana writes “Art of the visionary attempts to show what lies beyond the boundary of our sight.”3 We invite you to look beyond the boundary of your sight and experience this fantastically unique art form for yourself. From the Outside features the work of Areli & Manuel, Candy Cummings, Jim Doran, Bradford Elliott, Tina Lassiter, Glenn Richardson, Matt Sesow, Maria Simonsson & Kathy Beynette, and Dolly Vehlow.
And don't miss the From the Outside Artist's Talk on Thursday, July 25th from 6:30-8:30pm! For more information, click here.
In conjunction with the exhibition, we invite you to unleash your inner visionary in a collage workshop led by one of From the Outside's featured artists:
An Evening in the Garden of Goddess Delight with Tina Lassiter
Thursday, July 11th, 6:30-8:30pm | $25, registration required
To register and for more information, click here.
1 Collection de l'Art Brut. <http://www.artbrut.ch/en/21006/outsider-art-definition>
2 American Visionary Art Museum. <http://www.avam.org/stuff-everyone-asks/what-is-visionary-art.shtml>
3 A Manifesto of Visionary Art. <http://www.visionaryrevue.com/webtext/longman1.html>
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC
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