~TH’US . . MARSHAL HOPKINS & BARBARA REID / The Corner Lounge, Nanaimo, B.C. / CRAFT loves FOLK ART loves OUTSIDER ART

TH’US . . MARSHAL HOPKINS & BARBARA REID – ‘On The Way To The Lovfest’
TO-NIGHT / THURS APRIL 18, 2019 / 9 PM
The Corner lounge, 121 Bastion St., Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

subtext: CRAFT


a new respect & interest in Craft, actually began with a corresponding interest / and new found admiration for both traditional folk art, and outsider art.

and they two twined well around each other, like enduring lovers.

it was (maybe) first ushered on the music of the 60s / of Woodstock, and the Folkies, and the folk festivals.
Bob Dylan, The band, and Janice Joplin. and of course all those self-printed psychedelic posters !!
with their wild paisleys, incredible (craft-inspired) tie-dyes & ground-breaking diy typefaces & far-out fonts.
‘signage’ – became a really big thing.

the gen / my gen, and Reno & Marshal’s (!!) . . that seriously studied art in the 70s, could smell the new brew of coffee – already perking. we were bing ded & trained . . tehortrcyoal art / non-objective art / color field theory, but we wandered off into more priniv e and narrative ways.
I went from non-objective, large acrylic grid painting, think Agnes Martin meets Tibetan color palette, switched to smaller size watercolors on paper, and went radically ‘narrative’, my biggest influence ?
Traditional Japanese Edo period woodblock prints.
and Amish quilts.

Barbara Reid, or Reno as she was called . . was always into watercolor, and folk art. landscapes, and such.
very Scottish / spiritual rural / Celtic.

Marshal was just plain always, marching to his own drum / but the theory was there . . like a dirty dog.
there’s no arguing with the Irish.

our teacher was the famous Quebec color theory (stripe) painter Guido Molinari – and I think in a great way, he enjoyed seeing his pictorial theory put to . . such, subversive use.

what is art – if not: rebellion.