Friday, June 4, 2010
~.What is Folk Art?.~
by Scott Blackwell
"So, what is folk art anyway? In all my years as a collector, I've heard it labeled in so many different ways; some call it outsider art, self-taught or visionary, but for me, I've always just stuck to the basic term, folk art. The collection I've built over the years contains works embodying what I think of as folk art, a category that was best identified for me through the insight of artist, Lonnie Holley, who once asked, "Are you looking at the art or are you looking at the artist's mind?" This simple question really made me wonder, "What are we really looking at here?" It's more than just bright colors and crude renderings, more than just gathered materials or an untrained sketch.
Here in these works, what we're really looking at is the rawest form of self-expression, the exposed soul of the artist and their passionate stories of life."
- Oh give me just one day to free my mind,to create to listen, to walk, to quiet my soul,to cool down,to carry on~ My photographs and other artworks are inspired by the wonder, simplicity and quietude of every day life. In every photograph,sketch, painting or textile piece, I hope to capture the spirit, the mood, the song of my subjects. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My creative spirit awakened when I moved to Northwest Montana where there was plenty of room to roam with my camera and places to be alone with nature and its inhabitants. All my photographs are professionally printed by acclaimed Bozeman, MT artist/ photographer Rob Outlaw on archival quality fine art paper. My frames are custom built by artist Richard Moore of Wind and Snow Art Gallery in Polson, MT.