Spiritual American trash : portraits from the margins of art and faith /
Greg Bottoms ; illustrated by W. David Powell.
Berkeley : Counterpoint Press, 2013, c2013
220 p.
1619020599 (pbk.), 9781619020597 (pbk.)
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Berkeley : Counterpoint Press, 2013, c2013
1619020599 (pbk.)
9781619020597 (pbk.)
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
An essayist, memoirist, critic, and story writer, Greg Bottoms is the author of The Colorful Apocalypse and Fight Scenes. He teaches creative writing at the University of Vermont.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-04-15:
Essayist and critic Bottoms (The Colorful Apocalypse: Journeys in Outsider Art) profiles a series of self-taught outsider artists who made art not with the hopes of achieving social recognition or commercial gain, but as a means of making sense of their often difficult lives and of appealing to higher spiritual powers. Rather than following an empirical approach to incorporating these mostly rural, American artists into the formal narrative of art history, Bottoms adopts a deeply subjective, semi-fictional mode of writing, weaving together facts and speculation to offer rich portraits of these sometimes inscrutable individuals. Such a project, at once biographical and fanciful, necessarily runs the risk of distortion or condescension. Fortunately, Bottoms makes a sincere attempt to infuse his accounts of such figures as Clarence Schmidt, a man who married his cousin and spent decades building a labyrinthine wood cabin in upstate New York, with empathy and understanding. VERDICT This book will greatly appeal to those seeking an engaging, nonacademic account of the world of outsider art.-Jonathan Patkowski, CUNY Graduate Ctr. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Praise for Spiritual American Trash "Bottoms makes a sincere attempt to infuse his accounts...with empathy and understanding." -- Library Journal
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Patron Saint of Thrown-Away Things: A Portrait of James Hamptonp. 6
Ghosts in the Mirrors: A Portrait of Geraldo Alfonsop. 28
A Place Where the Tears of the Forgiver and the Forgiven Mingle: A Portrait of Annie Hooperp. 54
Do You Think Your Soul Believes in You? (from a commonplace book)p. 79
Mountainous Harmony and Everlasting Peace: A Portrait of Clarence Schmidtp. 84
Residential Chief Artist of Nothing: A Portrait of Frank Van Zant (a.k.a. Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder)p. 110
We Are Made in the Image of the Image We Made (from a commonplace book)p. 131
The Only One Here: A Portrait of Tressa "Grandma" Prisbreyp. 138
In the Devil House: A Portrait of Frank Jonesp. 168
The Importance of Good Company: A Portrait of James Harold Jenningsp. 192
Only in Human Terms (from a commonplace book)p. 217
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