About the Book
When does an artist become an artist? Those who created the 250 original drawings here are in the process of becoming. Few, if any, made it but there is visual nobility in their attempts. Avoiding the "outsider art" term is difficult. Some obviously had training but managed to come up with their own personal and unique style. To call most of what is here "folk art" is wrong too, but I needed a title. I was going to call the book (and the collection) ephemeral art, but that phrase has come to be associated with environmental works which rot away over time. All are anonymous unless described otherwise.
The Books by Jim Linderman "disclosing an underground history of American popular culture one oddball tale at a time" John Strausbaugh in The New York Times "...wonderful, extraordinary, fascinating, remarkable and profound" Fans in a Flashbulb International Center of Photography Museum 2016 "Dull Tool Dim Bulb is always worth a visit" THINGS Magazine 2016 "Linderman acknowledges the obscure at the same time that he elevates it.... His collections tell vast stories in sotto voce, allowing curios and objects shadowed by mainstream culture and ideology to converse and be heard. What we hear is an enormous American sub-culture speaking in forbidden, marginalized languages: stuff discovered boxed in the attic out of embarrassment or zealotry, smutty ash trays crowing next to religious pamphlets, each claiming a part of the complex, sometimes contradictory, always conflicted American imagination, a chaos of memories that will one day vanish." Joe Bonomo Conversations W/ Greil Marcus