Category Archives: visual artists

Prose & cons of outsider status as a writer

The art world has a name for work produced outside the mainstream by untrained creators who conform to marginal norms (e.g. eccentric recluses, criminals, schizophrenics and visionaries). And, like most else under capitalism, Outsider Art has become an industry. You … Continue reading

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The Uses of Ambiguity

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, meaning is too. After seeing Francis Bacon’s paintings at the Art Gallery of NSW (beautiful or ugly? human or animal? wrestling or fucking?), I found an incisive review of an essay … Continue reading

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The power of the unexpected

Most of my girlfriends are painters. Of course, they’re other things too: singer–songwriters, poets, mothers, belly dancers, teachers and students. Painting is just the most obvious common theme, no doubt at least partly because of my early training in art; … Continue reading

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