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July 4, 2009


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what the hell is lowbrow?

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 4, 2009, 11:59 PM
Am I lowbrow because I sculpt fantasy?... what is lowbrow?.. do I want to be in that swamp ? Is it cool cause its looking eh.. uncool.  With cheeky theives  and snobs owning the playing feild.  Maybe I chose the wrong medium cause clay is work and hell I can vector trace real good!.. you wanna buy a print for 2k?

I can already hear an answer something to the tune of be whatever you want or  labels we dont need no stinkin labels!

Buuuut my teeth hurt from the lazy Mark Ryden hybrid , bigeye,saccharine, nubile goth, throw in a random skull,antlers or tentacle... hash that seems to mean insta fame right now. Is that all thats expected of me?

Since I already make ball jointed dolls  and figures of nudee fairy tale females I guess Im already there  and its only a small thing to push that much more,but the dying of the light screams nooooo! My stuborness wants to go the other direction.

I happen to be a doll sculptor nothing to take too seriously, nothing so deep there and my eternal love is for  nudes, fantasy, surrealism and dark art always have been and will be here when the territory is  trampled and unfresh and fad whores flit off to new ground. Ill be here mulching and tilling under hopeing something will grow in the depleated soil.

  Im feeling aprehension for the clique Im about to join this year cant you tell? Will it be ok?

  • Mood: Gloomy
  • Listening to: Yours truely Johnny Dollar
  • Reading: fahrinheit 451
  • Playing: folklore
  • Eating: chile
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Is that the Eclectix gallery? I have my eye on their "Warm & Fuzzy" show; thinking about maybe making and submitting something for it.

I do think that "surrealist" is a good fit for a lot of your work. I'm looking at the list of artists over at the beinArt Surreal Art Collective, and there seems to be a LOT of overlap of artists that also bill themselves as lowbrow (or let others bill them that way).
Sleetwealth Jul 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup. Id like to submit for a couple of the shows..sad I missed the "gurlz" event. warm and fuzzy dragon snails?! :D

I think I must be "fantastic" ,but the surrealists and visionary are cooler perhaps.
Haha, perhaps not a Dragon Snail! =D If the Muse gives me something Warm and Fuzzy and Fabulous, then I will try it. If not, I'm not gonna force it.

You are absolutely "fantastic!" :aww: And I think you're very cool in your own right.
Sleetwealth Jul 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ideas pop into my mind thinking about it. But I can never tell what will show up. of course I think of warm ,fuzzy and viscious! Like piranna kitties. From what Ive heard Eclectix is flexible.

I found a neat site with "magic realism" as a movement. That looks interesting.
I recognize some of those artists! I love Kinuko Y. Craft; I think I first saw her work on some book covers for Patricia McKillip. I didn't know that style was its own movement. :-) It looks like there is some overlap here also with some of the artists on the beinArt site.
Sleetwealth Jul 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah Kinoko is dreamy good:) I think the first I saw her work was in a poster.
Yup alot of overlap. I dont guess anyone realy knows where there work goes!
Madinina-ruff Jul 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
Hi there, this is what I got about the Lowbrow art movement, pretty complete I think :)
Sleetwealth Jul 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Im understanding it , though I still think its a dumb name for an art movement.
Madinina-ruff Jul 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
I didnt know the name of that movement before you mentioned it an I checked it up to see. It is indeed an ugly name.. I would have thought that your work would be classified more like surrealist ("strong" surrealism instead of popular surrealism) too.. :nod:
but then what's the difference between the lowbrow and the popsurreal movement?
larkin-art Jul 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
it's funny...anything remotely surreal/fantasy/visionary seems to get crammed into this category lately (last decade or so). I get lumped there myself sometimes. not sure if it means anything. If it'll get me into Juxtapoz/Roq La Rue then I'll play the game.
But I'm NOT painting big eyed goth kids.
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