Saturday, August 7, 2010
folk art at the intuit
if only we had more time and moolah we would have planned an outsider art road trip along with everything else. in chicago we hit up the Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.if you haven't noticed yet, we a-go-gos are BIG fans of outsider art. at the Intuit we got to see, up close and personal, the wonderful drawings of Charles Steffen. Steffen had a most unique talent for the human form that is at once cartoonish and delightfully sincere. even with his one eyed people, i found myself entranced.the back room of the center features and exhibit on Peter Anton who i found to be joyfully colorful and quirky. while i enjoyed Steffen's drawings a bit more, i enjoyed Anton's story more and was happy to see the many scrapbooks that Anton kept to document his life on display. there was also a nifty shelf full of video tapes that he decorated with an assortment of materials. another delightful outsider artist to add to my list to research. to learn more about Peter Anton, sign up for the email list at almostthere.com.last up was a peak into the Henry Darger room, an attempt at recreating what Darger's apartment may have looked like using many of his personal objects and items. Darger is another outsider worth taking a look at. i recommend a viewing of In the Realms of the Unreal to get a better idea of what he was about.the Intuit may be a tiny space but it uses its space wisely and is full of color and a gift shop! if yer ever in Chicago, don't miss it.