IAN PYPER’S ART OF RELENTLESS COMMUNICATION

A majority of the interviews/articles/reviews re: Ian Pyper make a point to state that Mr. Pyper is a tad on the laconic side. I have been in communiqué with the artist on numerous occasions and have never found him wanting for dialogue. No, he doesn’t ramble as much as I do, but then why does he need to? Ian Pyper’s  quite prolific art speaks for him and that art is one of relentless communication. In this , Ian is a kindred spirit in the realm of outsider art, brut , visionary ,  fringe , primitive, or whatever term one wishes … Continue reading IAN PYPER’S ART OF RELENTLESS COMMUNICATION

WHEN SILENCE BECOMES SINGING

From: Keith Banner, Butler County Board of MR/DD Date: January 22, 2002 The Middletown Fine Arts Center, The Art Thing Project, & Empowered People with Disabilities present… When Silence Becomes Singing …an art exhibit of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and words by Antonio Adams, Kendra Bayer, Richard Brown, Cheryl Conley, Dan Dagenbach, Jarel Galloway, Stevie Grueter, Patty Kempf, Pam Myrick, Paul Rowland, Eric Ryan, Rose Sattler, Gregory Soellner Jr., Raymond Thunder-Sky, Kevin White, and many others. It opens March 22, 2002 at the Middletown Fine Arts Center in Middletown, Ohio, with a reception from 6 to 8 PM. The Middletown Fine … Continue reading WHEN SILENCE BECOMES SINGING

FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE ART THING PROJECT

While going through our old yahoo group: The Fringe Ezine, I stumbled upon two articles I posted there from 2004.  Both are by David Wecker who I finally met a few months ago,  during the shooting of our documentary of artist Raymond Thunder-Sky in Cincinnati. As per the norm, I had forgotten all about posting these but, it was a bit like finding some old gems. Much has happened since then. Raymond passed just a few months after these articles were published, Keith Banner and Bill Ross departed V & V and started their own gallery, named after Raymond, and … Continue reading FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE ART THING PROJECT

ALLISM: PLUNGING INTO THE ABYSS OF JAN SCOTT BOYER

A stroll down East 10th Street  in the 1990s was never a casual experience. Arrests, drug deals done in public view, hookers, tattoo parlors and random gunshots were the norm. In the center of all this was a small hidden art gallery called “Utrillo’s Art.” In the window  of Utrillo’s Art one frequently saw small, pop art paintings of kitty cats, or a friendly landscape, which did not prepare you at all for what you found inside and that was usually the many works of Jan Scott Boyer. Boyer himself was a frequent patron of the gallery. He rarely spoke … Continue reading ALLISM: PLUNGING INTO THE ABYSS OF JAN SCOTT BOYER

BE HAPPY GODDAMMIT: THE ART OF BILL ROSS

Ohio artist Bill Ross does not subscribe to the “aesthetics only” propaganda of the avant-garde.  As an art student in the 1980s, Ross was stubborn in regards to his work. Complete abstract expressionism was the accepted norm, but Ross’ work plunged the viewer into an idiosyncratic world of slapstick surrealism. Many reviewers have commented on Ross’ works and some of the usual descriptions are “candy colored”, “playful”, and “decorative.” While Ross’ work is all that, there is also an undeniable and inherent element of danger underneath a deceptively bright colored surface. That danger is a true trait of surrealism. In … Continue reading BE HAPPY GODDAMMIT: THE ART OF BILL ROSS