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Raw and Ardor

Presented by Mount Dora Center for the Arts at Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora FL

Jun 26 2015
Jul 28 2015
Raw and Ardor

Raw and ardor. Crude and passionate. The art in this exhibit has many stories behind it. The power of each piece often goes beyond what it looks like, and includes the history of the extraordinary life circumstances that led to the unique thoughts and perceptions of the artist. The appearance of each piece includes the story of its’ path of evolution, the materials used in its’ creation, and how it came to be rescued from obscurity, and from the common disregard to which the makers of this art have all-too-often grown accustomed. It is more than entertainment, more than a product or item for sale as a commodity. It is archeological evidence of the existence of a human being, somewhere in the world, who is not like any other. Most people who make art can justify the time it takes, as well as the costs of the art supplies and presentation materials, by knowing they have money to fall back on, from other means, if it doesn’t sell. The people in this exhibit, for the most part, have no money or significant possessions, and did not make their art to sell. They made it for themselves, using whatever they could find – to satisfy a compulsion to create it for the direct benefits of engaging in the process. Maybe they did it because they had something to say, and no one to talk to – or because they had a vision of a unique, alternate reality that they felt the need to share. Some do it to remember. Others do it to forget. These “artifacts” are brought to you by the Coalition Ingenu Self-Taught Artists’ Collective, a non-profit organization which, for the past twenty years, has been going into homeless shelters and mental health centers offering art supplies and a place to work, sometimes for people still living on the streets. The title of this exhibit is more than just a clever play on words. The words describe the art, and suggest something about the process as well — for this art is all about the compulsion to create, regardless of the obstacles. It is also about the extraordinary people who cause us to re-think our pre-conceived notions…and maybe even change our opinions about what constitutes an important and worthwhile life.



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