A SEPARATE COUNTRY - The Creative Journey of Larry John Palsson


El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501

times & ticket prices:

Admission is free with the purchase of tickets to
The Santa Fe Show

2013 exhibit dates:

Friday, August 9th

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A SEPARATE COUNTRY – The Creative Journey of Larry John Palsson

The Santa Fe Show Objects of Art will present A Separate Country - The Creative Journey of Larry John Palsson, a fascinating "outsider art" loaned exhibit during its August 9-13 run at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, curated by Texas gallery owner Jean Compton. A Separate Country features the largely unknown work of Larry John Palsson (1948-2010). Palsson clearly qualified for the "outsider artist" title, which includes self-taught or naïve makers who were never welcomed into the land of established artists and are often not recognized until their work is discovered after their death.

Larry John Palsson was an only child fascinated by space exploration and technology who wanted to be an engineer. According to family members and neighbors, he was "mildly retarded," and his deficiencies kept him from ever holding a job. He taught himself to draw and paint and, like most self-taught artists, painted on all manner of found materials from cereal cartons to cardboard kitty litter boxes.

Larry died before his paintings were discovered, and much of what is known about him comes from a notebook that was found with his art — a kind of journal filled with cryptic drawings and doodles and quirky musings.

Here is a sampling of Larry's views and observations:

The only artists worth knowing are either dead or busy or old.

The public won't bother to come to art museums and gallery by the thousands like sports games – not enough excitement not enough interest.

Sex is not had by some people.

Without the sun
Without the moon
The earth would go pretty soon
Everything on earth would sound it's final tune

Emagination (sic) is always a seperate (sic) country within out mind."

The wealth of material comprising Palsson's artwork, including 125-150 paintings and assemblages, his writings, and what is known about his life, will be organized to create an intriguing visual diary of this distinctly "outsider" 20th Century artist's creative journey. Curator Compton achieves the effect of a "retrospective" for an artist whose life did not provide the traditional prospective accomplished by "insiders" which, of itself, is part of the magic of this loan exhibit.