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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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catharirune Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I know this comment is very late in the game, whoops, but I had to say something.
If "lowbrow" art means art that is realistic, beautiful, and an actual representation of "reality" than sign me up. I'm sick of walking into art galleries or even seeing it in the media that some "artist" (I use that term loosely) has come along, painted a canvas white, and sold it for millions.
A perfect example is the modern "art" gallery at my local art museum. I had to ask if the red vinyl pad running the length of the floor was art or part of the floor. The lady rolled her eyes at me and walked away without answering. No, seriously! Can I step on it or not!!
Your art is amazing! Never mind the labels. I'm happy to see art such as yours that I don't have to interpret to understand.
Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Im glad you did cause I got a laugh out of the red vynal story!:D
Good point!
I was really intimidated by the trendiness, what this clique meant and if Id need to squeeze into a small box to apply. But Im not so worried about that any more. I put my work in the gallery and one of my peices sold.
catharirune Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Congrats! That is amazing!

I really do enjoy seeing new pieces from you. You are extremely talented.
fantasio Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i agree with DavidmD,
i would only question it, if its for a long term "gallery investor" that plans to make you"famous" -to the secondary galleries...
but if its just for a show or some sort off- just try it, and see if ppl are ok;-)

davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Dont worry about anything=Your work is fab and the "lowbrow" gallerys/peeps will embrace you and you can always branch out away from them, theres alot of deep pocket collectors that will love your stuff in the pop surrealism community and I think its great to get the work in as many sub-genre art factions as possible. Youre doing great!!
Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I like the sound of deep pockets. :angels sing:
Thanks man. I apreciate your input. I wont sweat it no moe!
Madinina-ruff Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
Madinina-ruff Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
Sorry the emote was meant to be with the rest of my message
EirewolfCreations Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Huh... I never would have thought of your work in the lowbrow (AKA "pop surrealism") genre. Have many people said so? More than just one or two folks who are looking for labels to slap onto things? 'Cuz I think your work is in a class all by itself, and defies neat categorization.

Last year I had a piece (Candy is Dandy) in a "lowbrow" show put on by a friend. I didn't really feel that it totally fit the genre, but lowbrow can be a pretty widely cast net. So, my advice would be to exploit the label when it's convenient (for a show, for example), but otherwise cast off all labels and just keep doin' your thing.

I'm curious about this "clique you're about to join this year." What's that about, if you don't mind me asking?

In any case, I can tell you -- It will be okay, as long as you stay true to yourself and don't take labels too seriously. ;-)
Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No not more than two..but the gallerys showing interest are classified that way.Catagorization has been tricky I feel on the borders, not enough this or that.
I wouldnt have pegged you as popsurreal though theres the vivid colors and theres a bit of cartoon quality. cartoons are popular culture.:shrug:

"The clique"Im having my first group show. Sheri DeBow hooked me up. The gallery touts newbrow,steampunk,lowbrow ,popsurreal,urban art. Though Ive hoped somehow I could be surrealist or visionary I have doubts about the fit. The label itself isnt important but, the buyers that would be interested in what you do able to find you is.
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