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Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art Paperback – August 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081187110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871105
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt Dukes Jordan is an artist and writer. The author of Weirdo Deluxe, he lives in Los Angeles.

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I love art and film and poetry from a wide range of people including Giotto and Duchamp and Caravaggio and Godard and Tom Waits and David Lynch and Orson Welles and Denis Johnson and Glenn Barr and Isabel Samaras and many more.... and I write about what I love...

Also, I make my own art and films and I write poetry and fiction and jottings on walls of mountains....

Art liberates, heals, entertains, enlightens... we need this for personal fun but also for a larger good...

Laughter is healing. The lowbrow-pop surrealist / underground art that I write about and the writings of Bukowski make me laugh.... so do films like THE NUTTY PROFESSOR..... or THE CIRCUS by Chaplin... released in 1928...

How does art liberate? Just by imagining something other than the consensus reality, the "givens" that we are surrounded by in our culture and society, we are liberated. Art provides insights, shows how things are artificial or constructed by media, by society. Art can help deconstruct the illusions, thus freeing us...

The pop surrealist - lowbrow artists are satirists. They make carnivalesque work that turns the "givens" in society and culture upside down. They celebrate the grotesque and forbidden as ways to free our minds. So does Bukowski...

We need to stay open-minded and consider alternatives, to imagine, to dream, to laugh, to freely think about anything--- not only for personal good, but also for the oceans and plants and other species and our species. Too much ego-driven exploitation stifles and is not based on sustaining resources and life....

I'm digressing a little bit here, but to see how we have endangered the oceans, please check out the documentary ACID TEST online. And, since I'm writing here about my work and ideas, I'd like to mention that in addition to writing about the arts and creating my own art of various kinds, I've done a lot of journalism and some of it has been what one might call environmental advocacy writing.... I love the oceans and the planet... I also love food and have written about food... I've written about people and places and film and pop culture.... art, writers... all fascinating to me.

I'm glad Amazon has this page.... thank you, Amazon... it helps people enjoy books, art.. film ! life... !

cheers,

Matt





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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
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Werido Noir features a good selection of gothic and dark lowbrow art from 24 top artists. This is a follow up to Weirdo Deluxe published in 2005.

The selection of art is great. They are beautiful and true to the sense of lowbrow, with a wide range of styles and artists. Each artist has an interview on their ideas and thoughts on art. There's also a history on the Low Brow art movement, making it a good introduction.

Nice book for those into gothic and lowbrow art.

The list of artists included are:

- Attaboy
- Ana Bagayan
- Glenn Barr
- Jonathan Bergeron
- Ray Caesar
- Jason d'Aquino
- Bob Dob
- Alex Gross
- Fred Harper
- Annette Hassell
- Sarah Joncas
- Dan Kennedy
- Laurie Lipton
- Travis Louie
- Tara McPherson
- Skot Olsen
- Nathan Ota
- Annie Owens
- Anthony Pontius
- Isabel Samaras
- Shag
- Dani Tull
- Brian Viveros
- Edward Walton Wilcox

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reza Bassiri on November 27, 2011
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fantastic artwork displayed, with a variety of artists and styles. modern contemporary, stylish with a twist. Would definitely recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Library Empress on June 17, 2011
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I love these pictures. It's like a train wreck, I can't look away. I'm bothered by the fact that this is considered lowbrow art.?.? This art is great!
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By Mary Alice Johnson on January 31, 2014
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Even better than the other book! Lots of great samples of art from various artist and so it gives a broad range of the experience of this art.
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By Jena Douglass on January 10, 2014
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Even though this book is a few years old now, it's still a great collection of artists & art in the lowbrow & pop surrealism genre's!
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By Carlos Andres on November 22, 2013
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The images are high quality, I like it when the artwork displayed fills the entire sheet.

Highly recommended, would buy more of these art books.
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