Common-Ground: Farrell Brickhouse & American Folk Art
Common-Ground with Farrell Brickhouse and American Folk Art
April 9, 2016 - May 14, 2016
Artists Reception is Saturday, April 9th, 6-8pm
Farrell Brickhouse & Folk and Outsider Art
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, 1064 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510
Fred Giampietro Gallery is pleased to present COMMON-GROUND, featuring the work of Farrell Brickhouse and anonymous self-taught and outsider artists.
The work of Farrell Brickhouse and the work of anonymous folk and outsider artists share an innate commonality, often expressing a personal narrative through their artwork. While many contemporary artists draw inspiration from folk and primitive art, it is rare to see an artist that embodies this sensibility. In it’s purest form, it is storytelling through paint, wood, metal and stone. Farrell Brickhouse writes, “I find I have this large vocabulary to draw from. Imagery that has woven its way thru my entire career is available and malleable. I have access to this personal history with a renewed understanding of it’s original intent and a deepening understanding of how these “forms” can continue to speak for me in paint. I also seek to explore the range of subject matter my paintings can encompass as I look to everyday experiences, tell stories and paint about current events in a expanding as well as deepening vocabulary. At its best, making art is a revelatory experience, a conduit to the beauty and mystery in the miracle of simply being here. Painting is the wish and the prayer and the offering all in one. It is an act of faith just to pick up the brush.”
This exhibit will juxtapose the work of Farrell Brickhouse with Thornton Dial, folk carvings including whirligigs, and walking sticks, weathervanes and well as carnival related objects including games and targets. Our project space will feature Elise Siegle.