i attended an art show a while back and posted the aftermath of that paint wreck over at parisbycellphone.com.
While at the hanging, i became a little angry at the artist, Josef Hofer*, for filling my mind with the cliché “My Child Could Have Done That”. Rather than simply write this phrase as a review of the show, i decided to take me at my word and make my child do just that.
Last Saturday my daughter Anaïs and i sat down at the addled dining room table and set about the serious work of making works.
After that we prepared the requisite hors d’oeuvres for the vernissage. [Note, “vernissage” is a French word which roughly translates into “pre-opening show where pretentious poseurs drink free champagne and feel even more intellectual about themselves”. Oh yeah, “hors d’oeuvres” is another French word. It means “munchies”.]
Following this came the mandatory intellectual posing and exchanging of deep thoughts.
Finally, a survey for you. Here’s a side by side comparison of the masterpieces. Are Anaïs and i on par with the artistic minds of the 21st Century?
[Note: while preparing this post i actually did something real journalists call “research”, where you sit around and get paid to surf the net–or get paid to look at something other than porn on the net.
i learned that art brut has been translated into English as “Naive Art” or “Outsider Art” and consists of untrained artists who are a couple shades short of a spectrum. Many of them are prisoners or mentally insane / handicapped.
Josef Hofer was born “deaf and with multiple disabilities” and came into art through basket weaving (nope, not kidding). This post is not meant to poke fun of Hofer in any way. It’s meant to make fun of everyone else who takes this seriously.
But think for yourselves! Judge for yourselves! Why not go to the Gallery yourslef and prove me wrong. It’s even free.
From December 2, 2011 to January 14, 2012
Galerie Christien Berst
3-5, Passage des Gravilliers
A big shout out to all you readers who found your collective way over here from my article “A Guy’s Guide to Culture: A Quadriplegic Takes On The Artist“, published at My French Life.