Sunday, September 30, 2012

Drug dealer

See Rex for Rx. Cutout cardboard display from an old pharmacy, 34 inches tall. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Baby doll

Dated 1921 on the back. That outfit and that doll and that face just don't seem to match up.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Out Satan?

A vintage snapshot recently sold by gargantua. An exorcism, a healing, a bizarre demonstration or simply abuse?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wood targets

At one time these targets were lined up horizontally on heavy wire that was curved at each end and stuck in the ground. Balls were rolled to make the targets spin. About 9 inches tall, the targets were found in upstate New York and probably date to the 1930s.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rocking horse ecstasy

A snapshot dated March 8, 1936 that says Baby age 5 years 6 months.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Women in suburbia

Meg Aubrey is an Atlanta artist and teacher at the Savannah College of Art & Design who probably merits greater recognition. Aubrey's latest show, Domiciled, recently opened at Whitespace, a small gallery just down the street from my house. Her bright suburbia is a barren land with brick mailboxes, cell phones, sidewalks and roads leading to nowhere, and women in sunglasses who seem isolated.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Art brut

Art brut refers to raw or rough art and often is used to describe art of the insane. Alabama mud artist Jimmy Sudduth wasn't loco but his art could be raw. The top image is the devil. The middle painting is a woman whose shirt or jacket looks like a ribcage. What is she holding? Cotton candy from a country fair? The bottom portrait might be Lady Liberty or an American Indian -- both were popular subjects with Sudduth, who died five years ago this month.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pondering girl, pondering dog

The girl and dog, both washed in light, seem to be on the same contemplative wavelength. The girl stands just outside an onlooker's shadow; the dog lies between shadow stripes, which intersect with the walkway's long rails. Kind of effective.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Carved and painted wood puppet

Circa 1900 wearing a hand sewn cotton dress. The head, with its remnants of hair, and the center pole are one piece. The carved hands and shoes are separate, attached to the clothing. 19 inches tall.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Turned 50

Our friend, Mike Goldman (bottom photo left), turned 50 and celebrated at a bar in East Atlanta. Several bands played. Mike's known as the Jewboo because he's Jewish Buddhist. The party started early, well before nightfall. It was deafening, dark and hip shaking on a hot, bright, humid evening.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Brown tones portrait

The subject probably was Edward "Ash" Parsons of Towanda, Pa., who was born in 1916 and died in 1991. Parsons worked at the Towanda Daily Review for 47 years, beginning in 1934. Apparently he was popular as this portrait was done fairly early in his career. According to his obituary, Parsons "was an active member of the Bradford County Republican Party, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda and was involved in the Masonic Lodge and the Towanda Elks." The artist was Hanlon Riley.