Tuesday, January 9

Art and chaos day at Blue Gal

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copyright Alexandra Huber


Every couple weeks here at Blue Gal we take a break and look at some art.

The painting above, and many other provocative works, are from a site called Art Brut. Art Brut is a private dealer specializing in "outsider art," particularly art by psychiatric patients and those who have survived some sort of trauma. From the Art Brut site:

When such a person turns to art, there is a chance that the emotions surrounding the trauma will be revisited, possibly for the first time since the trauma itself. These emotions might not be readily apparent to the artist, but their emergence in the art will allow for an opportunity for these feelings to be witnessed and acknowledged. Healing can begin on levels that might still be subliminal, but the process can begin. Art therapy does not necessarily require a classroom.


Some argue that being an artist requires a certain amount of psychosis, but that may be a chicken and egg circle. This art is fascinating and moving. That is enough.

5 comments:

  1. I like "outside art". Great post Blue Gal. Glad to check in with you, holidays etc. were crazy. Anyway, I have worked for many years at inpatient psychiatric facilities, even as a teenager I volunteered, and really thought the art and writing process was helpful. I think its wonderful to have outlets for these artists, ways to share them with others.

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  2. amazing and thought provoking. thanks

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  3. Anonymous10:21 AM

    If you like this art and are ever in Baltimore check out the American Visionary Art Museum. I just discovered it this fall and loved it.

    http://www.avam.org/index.html

    It is just a short walk from the visitor's center on the Inner Harbor, right below Federal Hill. The gift shop alone is worth the walk. Great people there. Be sure to visit all the buildings and the exhibits outside.

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  4. Just found your post about my gallery and Alexandra Huber's art. Thank you so much. New work of her's will be posted in about a month and you can follow us on FB as well.
    Beverly Kaye Gallery
    www.artbrut.com

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