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Wesley Willis…..
February 20, 2011, 7:27 pm
Filed under: Art

Wesley Willis, to me, has always been a freak show. A large, black , schizophrenic man talking over pre-programed jingles from a key board to the delight of a parasitical audience. I had written him off as a standard inner-city bum. That was however, until today when I discovered he was an artist too…

The first thing that strikes me about the above image are the lines and the second is the composition. The lines are deliberate and considered. The composition is slightly warped but offers a unique and imaginative perspective. There is a value that lies in his work, that most aspiring artist strive for. Where many young artist fain naivety, Willis has had ignorance forced upon him through mental illness. But it is with sadness that I use the word “ignorance” as that is what is required if I’m to stick with the accepted rhetoric of modern art critique. Unnecessary distinctions based on education and economics are cynically drawn to distinguish between artist practices. This results in the cultic value of his artwork being sadly proliferated by an aura formed from his mental illness which consequently has become a novel and marketable attribute.


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