Works of Bloom, Young a good pairing at Outsider Folk Art Gallery

Works of Bloom, Young a good pairing at Outsider Folk Art Gallery


Works of Bloom, Young a good pairing at Outsider Folk Art Gallery


 

By Ron Schira

 

Reading Eagle correspondent

 

Courtesy of Ron Schira

An installation view of the works of Jim Bloom at the Outsider Folk Art Gallery.

For “Raw Edges,” an exhibit of paintings and mixed media by Jim Bloom and Purvis Young on view through Feb. 17 at the Outsider Folk Art Gallery, the gallery staff moved the stands and tables from the middle of the floor to enjoy the larger-scale format of these two popular artists. The show comprises a wide selection of both artists at various stages of their careers and production.

Admittedly, it does make for better viewing when one can step back and breathe the art. In fact, the show could be considered very large if one were to count all the works held in reserve and stored in the back room. Lack of space and framing prevented the gallery from having a monster presentation, but its director, Emily Branch, is very accommodating and will show the pieces if asked.

The internationally known Young, with museum shows and documentaries to his credit, has of late received a lot of ink, and the gallery does have a significant holding of his work for sale. So for the dozen works presented I will say little, save for the fact that they are classic Purvis and deserve a look-see. The Goodbread Alley artist of Miami’s impoverished Overtown neighborhood died of heart failure last year at the age of 67, bringing the collectibility of his work to a much higher status.

For this article, however, I will place my attention on the works of Bloom, whose paintings dominate the main portion of the display area. Bloom, 42 and mostly self-taught, also has gained some notoriety, having been included in numerous outsider art fairs with a few well-placed sales. His work has gotten more involved with larger paintings of groups of people, as opposed to the smaller, more intense interactions among a handful of individuals.

Bloom paints traditionally on canvas but is a fan of abject materials and often paints on such items as torn-up cardboard. In many instances, he piecemeals the sections together with glue to make a leg or an arm and incorporates that section within the composition. This endows the piece with a vivid three-dimensional texture and an unmistakable presence. His colors are bright but judiciously applied, keeping the painting keenly balanced between color and line.

The latest artworks seem to resemble, unintentionally of course, the linear energy and dramatic color of early Willem de Kooning. His subject matter is profoundly different, though, and leans toward the emotional release attained by speaking his mind on those personal observations embedded in his work. Seeing a collaged painting such as “Someone Else’s Mother” or “You Know You Want to Hit That” makes it quite clear that his style and narrative are closely knit, his abstract tendencies and poetic inertia a compelling symbiosis.

There is a lot of sex in this show – not vulgar, but as part of the whole drama of existence. And frankly, both Young and Bloom are known for painting from the gut and not pulling punches. This is a good pairing and well worth a visit.

Contact Ron Schira: life@readingeagle.com.

 

 

12.16.2011 Eblast! Happy Holidays Edition | Last minute deals and steals | Outsider Art Fair News

12.16.2011 Eblast! Happy Holidays Edition | Last minute deals and steals | Outsider Art Fair News

 

Happy Holidays!
We would like to thank all of our friends for all of their support during this eventful year. We could not have done it with out knowing your passion for self-taught and folk art!

Anonymous Weathervane | Found in Maine in the 70′s

Dry Weathered Surface |19 1/2″ x 26″ | $3000.

We look forward to continuing our journey and wish everyone a safe and jubilant celebration as we end 2011.

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Colorful Gifts for your Loved Ones!

In addition to her colorful works on paper, we have a limited amount of ornaments on wood and felt by our own Sybil Roe Thompson.

They make great hostess gifts and elevate your spirit!

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January 27-29, 2012, VIP night January 26

Mark your calendars for amazing art from all over the globe!

Outsider Folk Art Gallery Booth-A3

Featured Artist Christine Boisseau aka Boistine was born in France (Paris) in 1962. Keen on all sorts of manual creations, she had to wait for a long time before having the opportunity to totally devote herself to creation. She is strongly attracted by carving. Almost all sorts of materials are used with an inclination for natural ones: wood, loam, bones, feathers … Her work is exhibited in many galleries in France and Europe. She also participates to art fairs dedicated to raw art as the Biennale Internationale de Lyon. As she explains, her soul speaks through her hands:

“When I start a painting or a carving, moved by an impulsion, I feel like being in a space full of freedom and possible surprises. There is in my mind the idea of mixing my feelings with all the materials I may find around me. I am found of new experiences. I feel satisfied and happy when I see partners in the eyes of those who are looking at my creations.”

Watch 1stDibs and our Website next week for items from Christine

     

Outsider Folk Art Gallery

201 Washington Street, Suite 504, Reading, PA 19601

Phone:(610) 939.1737

Website: www.outsiderfolkart.com

Email: george@outsiderfolkart.com

 

Eblast! 12.9.2011 Plan a Trip to Goggleworks for Holiday Workshops & Outsider Folk Art Gallery SALE! | New Exhibit Artwork on 1st Dibs

Eblast! 12.9.2011 Plan a Trip to Goggleworks for Holiday Workshops & Gallery SALE! | New Exhibit Artwork on 1st Dibs.

LAST CHANCE SALE THIS SAT/SUN ONLY Get it before Slotin
more details to come on our Facebook Page 


 

RAW EDGES: Get the Art on 1stDibs!

Jim Bloom (b.1968- ) | You Know You Wanna Hit That, 2009
Acrylic and Mixed Media on stretched canvas | 48″h x 72″ wide | $6500.See more from the show on 1stDibs, the site with The Most Beautiful Things on Earth©
Second Sunday Holiday Celebration
Plan your Trip Today!

201 Washington Street | Reading, PA 19601PHONE:  610-374-4600      WWW.GOGGLEWORKS.ORG

IN THE GALLERIES
Cohen Gallery
1st Floor, GoggleWorks 7th Annual Artists Exhibition

 

The Schmidt Gallery
2nd Floor, Berks Photographic Society

 

A.C.O.R. GALLERY OF THE ARTS
Studio 240 | 11AM-4PM
The Art of Christmas Past, Present and Future
Featuring: A.C.O.R.´s Artists
December 1-December 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 11, 2011
December 2011 A.C.O.R. Gallery Art Exhibit
Northwest Area Elementary School
13th and Union Elementary School


OUTSIDER FOLK ART GALLERY
Studio 504 | 11AM-4PM  Raw Edges: Jim Bloom & Purvis Young

December 2, 2011-February 17, 2012

LAST CHANCE SALE!

special items available before they get sent to auction!

 

POLISH AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER
Studio 509 | 11AM-4PM
Learn about Polish customs and traditions surrounding the celebration of the Christmas holidays. View the 4ft high handcrafted puppet theater (Szopka) and handcarved Nativity scenes. Santa will be present from 1-4 pm

 

ARTIST WORKSHOPS


MARY LOU CREYTS
Studio 204 | 12-4PM
2nd Sunday Special! Sit for a charcoal portrait $20.00. Sitting lasts approximately half an hour. Makes a great holiday gift!


W. EUGENE BURKHART, JR.
Studio 215 | 11AM-4PM
Gene Burkhart award winning designer will be demonstrating decorating wreaths, swags, and arrangements for the Holiday Season. Come and ask Gene questions on how to construct these decorations for your family, home, and office. Many of the items will be available for purchase.

 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

 

MAKE AND TAKE
12-3PM | Classroom 318
$2.00 donation For children ages 4-12.Must be accompanied by an adult.


FREE TOUR
Take a free tour of the GoggleWorks at 1PM. Meet at the information desk in the lobby.

 

FILM THEATRE
3PM | 7PM


JESSICA WALSH PRESENTS: YogiDance!

Studio 411 | 1:30-3:30pmYogiDance is a new exercise program where kids can explore yoga with games, animal poses and fun songs. Children learn to hula hoop, a weight loss and meditative practice they can continue to grow with. Classes are great for children from kindergarten through elementary ages (ages 3-8).  Parents must accompany children.

 

BERKS CLASSICAL CHILDREN´S CHORUS

BCCC will carol throughout the building from 3-4PM.


BERKS BALLET THEATRE
Studio 401 | 11AM-4PM
Rehearsal for The Nutcracker. Look for the Nutcracker on the 1st floor at 1pm and get your photo take with him!


GREATER READING COPS N´ KIDS
Studio 420 | 11AM-2PM Bookmark crafts & a FREE book for each child!

 

OUTBUILDING AND WOOD SHOP SCHEDULE


Ceramics

Play with clay!- Make an ornament 12P-4PM | Free to play, $10.00 to fire.
Children must be supervised by an adult.

Walk in Workshop- Wheel Throwing 11AM-4PM | $30.00 | Ages 13 and up
Register early to guarantee your spot!!!

Wheel Throwing Demonstrations 11AM-4PM


Wood Shop

11AM-4PM | 1 for $15 or 2 for $25 Carve A Santa Tree Ornament

Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk.


Hot Shop
Building 5 | 11AM-4PM Hot Glassblowing demos with Cody Nicely and Scott Krenitsky


Cold & Warm Glass Studio
Building 6 |12-4PM  Lamp working demos


See You Sunday!!!

 


view of the Goggleworks store (great for quick gifts!)

We are busily working collecting art from all corners
of the world to bring to you at
the 20th Annual Outsider Art Fair in NYC

January 27-29, 2012

David “Big Dutch” Nally  | “You Better Pray” | $300
Mixed media on paper | 6 1/4″
x 9 1/2″     

Raw Edges: Exhibit Video


Raw Edges: Jim Blom & Purvis Young Video 2011

RAW EDGES: Jim Bloom & Purvis Young

The Outsider Folk Art Gallery, located on the fifth floor of the Goggleworks Center for the Arts, is pleased to host a new exhibition showcasing artwork from the George and Sue Viener Collection of Folk, Self-Taught, and Visionary Art. The exhibit will run from December 2, 2011 to February 17, 2012. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, and mixed media works on wood, paper, and other materials and is curated by Emily A. Branch, Gallery Director, who joined the Outsider Folk Art Gallery in 2011.The exhibit will feature work by Jim Bloom (b. 1965) and the late Purvis Young. Both Bloom and Young represent the largest holdings in the Viener collection totaling close to four-thousand active works. This exhibit parallels themes and techniques of each artist, both of whom never met, creating works that are diaries of their physical and psychological environments. Both artists also used uncommon art materials in the traditional sense, often choosing whatever materials they could find or create.

This exhibit has been in the thoughts of the Viener’s for many years and is now coming to fruition as the gallery is due to close in 2012. Recently each artist has had much acclaim in the world of self-taught art. Young, who died in 2010, recently had a masterpiece from the Good Bread Alley series, represented by the Viener’s, doubling the previous auction record. Bloom has been recognized by galleries and prominent collectors on the east and west coasts, which has, in turn, driven the market for his works sending values skyward.


         

Outsider Folk Art Gallery

201 Washington Street, Suite 504, Reading, PA 19601  ( GoggleWorks Center for the Arts )

p: 610.939.1737   f: 610.939.1738 Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

www.outsiderfolkart.com

twitter.com/OutsiderFolkArt
facebook.com/OutsiderFolkArtGallery

 

Eblast! 12.2.2011 | New Exhibit Artwork on 1st Dibs | Outsider Folk Art Gallery Opening Reception RAW EDGES tonight!

Eblast! 12.2.2011 | New Exhibit Artwork on 1st Dibs | Opening Reception RAW EDGES tonight!.

RAW EDGES: Get the Art on 1stDibs!

Purvis Young (1943-2010 |
People Move Around, 1997 | $4000

Housepaint on Bonded Fabric | 38 1/2″h x  58 1/4″w     Young’s “People” symbolize in part the community being together and reachingtowards the heavens for help from the angels.

Click image to visit our Exclusive 1st Dibs Site (home of The Most Beautiful Things on Earth)

We are busily working collecting art from all corners

of the world to bring to you at

the 20th Annual Outsider Art Fair in NYC

January 27-29, 2012

David “Big Dutch” Nally  | “You Better Pray” | $300
Mixed media on paper | 6 1/4″ x 9 1/2″     

Tonight! Tonight!

 

RAW EDGES: Jim Bloom and Purvis Young

Opening Reception December 2, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm

Catering by Good Eatz Green Cafe

 

The Outsider Folk Art Gallery, located on the fifth floor of the Goggleworks Center for the Arts, is pleased to host a new exhibition showcasing artwork from the George and Sue Viener Collection of Folk, Self-Taught, and Visionary Art. The exhibit will run from December 2, 2011 to February 17, 2012. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, and mixed media works on wood, paper, and other materials and is curated by Emily A. Branch, Gallery Director, who joined the Outsider Folk Art Gallery in 2011.

The exhibit will feature work by Jim Bloom (b. 1965) and the late Purvis Young. Both Bloom and Young represent the largest holdings in the Viener collection totaling close to four-thousand active works. This exhibit parallels themes and techniques of each artist, both of whom never met, creating works that are diaries of their physical and psychological environments. Both artists also used uncommon art materials in the traditional sense, often choosing whatever materials they could find or create.

This exhibit has been in the thoughts of the Viener’s for many years and is now coming to fruition as the gallery is due to close in 2012. Recently each artist has had much acclaim in the world of self-taught art. Young, who died in 2010, recently had a masterpiece from the Good Bread Alley series, represented by the Viener’s, doubling the previous auction record. Bloom has been recognized by galleries and prominent collectors on the east and west coasts, which has, in turn, driven the market for his works sending values skyward.

 

 

         

Outsider Folk Art Gallery

201 Washington Street, Suite 504, Reading, PA 19601  ( GoggleWorks Center for the Arts )

p: 610.939.1737   f: 610.939.1738 Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

www.outsiderfolkart.com

twitter.com/OutsiderFolkArt

facebook.com/OutsiderFolkArtGallery