Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings
One thing that I haven’t talked about much in my blog is my love for outsider art. I love it because under the title of outsider you find the mentally ill, eccentric, and people that don’t quite fit in with “normal” society creating in a entirely unfiltered manner. As many of you know, the urge to create is pretty much a complusion for many of us. Consider then, what if you where an outsider – and for the most part unconcerned or even unaware of the happenings of the world, outside of your own?
Such is the case of Henry Darger. Darger was born in 1892 . In the 1930′s Darger moved into a apartment that for the next 40 years he would create The Realms of the Unreal and the Vivian Girls. The book, Henry Darger, Art and Selected Writings by Michael Bonesteel, contains Dargers biography and the discovery of his life’s work, and of course, his artwork and writings. I won’t go into to much detail about everything in this book, but the artwork is weird, beautiful and unsettling.
p.s. – One disturbing thing in this book is that the little girls have penises. It is thought that he had no knowledge of the female anatomy.
Spangled Blengins, Boy King Islands. One is a young Tuskorhorian, the other a human headed Dortherean
By Henry Darger
Collage, Carbon Tracing, Pencil and Watercolor