Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Museum of Everything, everywhere.

Some Museum of Everything
goodies we've collected
This exhibition is still one of the best things I have ever seen. I mention this show last year after visiting Exhibition #1. Sure they kind of wavered in the middle in between exhibition 1 and 4, but they are back in Selfridges as good as before (if not a little smaller than the first time).

To recap, The Museum of Everything is an exhibition of outsider art. They include artists who might not regard themselves as such. People who create for different purposes; therapy for example, as appose to exhibitions. This gives the work real conviction. Most of it would have never been seen by the public if it were not for the show.

Untitled, Alexander
Pavlovich Lobinov
Here is another favorite of mine from the first show I saw in Italy. The artist is Alexander Pavlovich Lobinov, a russian man deaf and dumb, confined to a mental asylum in the 1930s by his own family. He likes to depict himself with guns. Mostly with crayon and often with clever use of photography. Alexader creates amazing fantasy worlds for himself, where he is the triumphant hero posing for the camera as such. (the guns are cardboard props).

As Selfridges have all the most popular sales on as usual (they have even started to sell for Christmas), it doesn't seem like the best place for such outsider work. But as the exhibition if tucked away nicely it works really well. They have even allowed the 'Everything' team to break up the space with ad-hoc wooden door frame constructions and enclosures as they did in the first show. If your used to white open spaces and precision 152cm high picture hangings, this show will shake you up a bit.

One of the favorites from the current exhibition...

Ruby Bradford paints a number of people. That number is 3. Namely, Prince Charles, Prince William, Superman. But that's not it, she also paints Prince Charles and Prince William meeting Superman. I saw it as a clever little analogy for modern times where National heros intertwine with fictional idealist philosophy.

We all over-simplify the world everyday, it's how we make sense of it. Often fiction and facts get mixed up in political debate.We remember the morality we we taught as children and try and strip complex subjects in order to make a decision and take action. I'm sure most people long to live in a simpler world (some may even believe they do). The naivety is clear in these simple paintings, but is easily related to the less charming naivety of humanity nature and the wider society. It's also really funny, which is important in all great artwork.

I'd give it 9/10, it's a really brilliant show. If you want to find out more you better check out their website www.museumofeverything.com

1 comment:

  1. I read about this in the Guardian at the weekend. It was suggested for clever gift ideas. I'm all for supporting artists like this. Hopefully people will think carefully and avoid most mass-market retailers at Christmas

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