Florida Outsider Art: Coming from the guts and periphery

Outsider Art
Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum in Florida hosts a unique exhibition of 30 years of selected marginal, outsider and underground art by photographer Gary Monroe.

By Albert Gomez

Create to forget? Paint to hollow out the soul? Sculpture as exorcism?

The questions and answers illuminated by art made from the periphery of the larger cultural systems and, more specifically, by Florida's outsiders and marginalized, are the material that fuels "The Monroe Family Collection of Florida Outsider Art" exhibition.

The exhibition is the largest show to date of art of its kind, titled An Irresistible Urge to Create, on view at Florida's Boca Raton Museum through September 5. 86 works on display from 44 Florida artists.

"This new project opens a window into another world. The world of wonder that lies outside the art establishment. For these artists, making art was as essential as breathing," says Irvin Lippman , executive director of the Boca Raton Museum. "Their artistic freedom artistic freedom was a pure, sincere and intimate means of communication."

But by its very definition a marginal art exhibition would seem almost impossible. The magical hinge that turns the mirage into reality is none other than the analogical work of almost a detective-like search over thirty years. More in link.