DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art:
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Description of Subject Matter: Introductory sign for this gallery:
When the museum approached me to curate their folk art galleries, it thrilled me to no end to be associated with these "folk" and their creations. Growing up in Alabama during the 1940s and 50s, I was fortunate to live among many individuals for whom making things was a natural part of life. I treasure memories of sitting by my mother as she quilted, and watching my father carve tools out of wood -- what he called "just whittling and piddling." So I have had a deep interest and affection for such everyday objects -- long before the public caught on to them as folk art. By osmosis more than anything else, this kind of art has had a profound effect on my thinking about how and why people create.
These men and women whose work is presented here are not bound by aspirations to make "high art." With liberty to freely express what is in their hears and minds through all varieties of methods and materials familiar to them, these artists create works that possess unmistakable honesty and integrity. Sometimes the result is terrifying, and sometimes it is the most wonderful image that makes you feel good or laugh. This work is beautiful and so human. It is the ordinary made extraordinary.
William Christenberry, 2006
Artist and teacher, Washington DC
Pictures here usually include James Hampton's "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly." Hampton worked on the piece for 14 years 1950-64 while living in Washington DC, building it in a renter garage. He made 180 components but only a portion are on display in the museum. He created notebooks bearing a secret writing system which has yet to be deciphered. He was a little odd.
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2014 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year: three Civil War Trust conferences (Winchester, VA in March; Nashville, TN in May, and Atlanta, GA in September), Michigan to visit mom in the hospice before she died (June), annual trip out west for San Diego Comic-Con (including Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Sacramento, Oakland, and Los Angeles) (July), and Michigan for mom's tribute event (July).
Ego strokes: Paul Dickson used one of my photos as the author photo in his book "Aphorisms: Words Wrought by Writers".
Number of photos taken this year: just over 470,000.