2nd Annual “Outsider art in the hamptons

Visionary, Self -Taught & Folk Artists


PRESS RELEASE—Art Exhibition

Contact: Gallery information: 631-288-5082/ Media information: 631-653-4486

Title: 2nd Annual “Outsider Art in the Hamptons” Art Exhibition

Date: Friday August 3, 2007 through Tuesday September 14th, 2007

Location: Gallerie BelAge, 8 Moniebogue Lane, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday 10 - 5:00, Saturday 11 - 8:00, Sunday 12 - 6:00

Reception: Saturday August 11th, 2007, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

The 2nd Annual “Outsider Art in the Hamptons” will be on exhibit at the Galerie BelAge, 8 Moniebogue Lane in Westhampton Beach. The exhibition is in collaboration with the Survivors Art Foundation and will run from Friday August 3rd, 2007 until Tuesday September 14th, 2007. A reception attended by some of the artists; will be held at the gallery on Saturday August 11th from 6PM to 9PM.

This show is a unique opportunity to experience the cutting edge in Southern Folk Art and Self-Taught Visionary + Outsider Art. A combination of internationally recognized and up and coming artists will be displaying amazing works in this exciting genre of art.

The artists featured in this exhibit include:

Purvis Young//Danielle Jacqui//Thornton Dial / Ody Saban // Mary Proctor//

 Candyce Brokaw//Moses Toliver// Anne Grgich// Jimmy Lee Sudduth//

  Lonnie Holley// Donna Balma// Matt Sesow// Ross Brodar// Tineke Scholten//

 Gérard Sendrey //Jaco Kranendonk//  Les Gaullino//  Marc de Bruijn //

Gabriel Schaffer//  Cher Schaffer//  Sunny Chapman// Charles Keeling Lassiter 

The artwork is available to photograph before the show: 631-653-4486 or 631-288-5082

The term Outsider Art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for Art Brut (which literally translates as “Raw Art”). The interest in "outsider" practices among twentieth century artists and critics can be seen as part of a larger emphasis on the rejection of established values within the modernist art milieu. The early part of the 20th Century gave rise to cubism and the Dada, Constructivist and Futurist movements in art, all of which involved a dramatic movement away from cultural forms of the past. Dadaist Marcel Duchamp, for example, abandoned "painterly" technique to allow chance operations a role in determining the form of his works, or simply to re-contextualize existing "readymade" objects as art. Mid-century artists, including Pablo Picasso, looked "outside" the traditions of high culture for inspiration, drawing from the artifacts of "primitive" societies, the unschooled artwork of children, and vulgar advertising graphics. Dubuffet's championing of the art of the insane and others at the margins of society is yet another example of avant-garde art challenging established cultural values.

"Outsider Art" is often applied more broadly, to include certain self-taught or Naïve art . Much Outsider Art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds.

Outsider Art is virtually synonymous with Art Brut in both spirit and meaning.

Folk art originally suggested crafts and decorative skills associated with peasant communities in Europe - though presumably it could equally apply to any indigenous culture. It has broadened to include any product of practical craftsmanship and decorative skill - everything from chain-saw animals to hub-cap buildings. A key distinction between folk and outsider art is that folk art typically embodies traditional forms and social values, where outsider art stands in some marginal relationship to society's mainstream.

The crossover of Folk Art with Outsider Art is undeniable, but most Folk Art has its own traditions and is often very different from the psychic flow of Art Brut.

Visionary Art unlike other definitions here can often refer to the subject matter of the works, which includes images of a spiritual or religious nature. Intuitive art is probably the most general term available.

Raw art, 'raw' in that it has not been through the 'cooking' process: the art world of art schools, galleries, museums.

*** Dedicated to encourage healing through the arts, Survivors Art Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization committed to empowering trauma survivors with effective expressive outlets via internet art gallery, outreach programs, national exhibitions, publications and development of employment skills

Our goals are to provide entertainment, education, and exposure to the arts. We endeavor to raise public awareness through the arts: eradicating abuse and creating an atmosphere of acceptance for survivors with disabilities. Mainstreaming trauma survivors with physical and mental disabilities into the arts.