Outsider art on Ovation TV

January 25, 2009 at 7:12 pm 1 comment

Ovation TV is dedicating a week of programming to outsider art films.  The times shown below are eastern time. Be sure to consult your blah blah blah…

A Man Named Pearl – Pearl Fryar
James Castle: Portrait of an Artist
What’s Under Your Hat (Judith Smith)
Earl Cunningham: The Dragon of St. George Street
School’s Out: Self -Taught Artists

Driven by Vision: 
– How Does Your Garden Grow
– There Goes The Neighborhood
– Concrete Visionaries
– India – Heart and Soul
– You’re a Good Man, Charlie…



Driven By Vision: Of Castles, Kings, and Jesters

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High in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies is a hand made castle built by Jim Bishop from chunks of Colorado granite gathered in the woods and from the roadsides. 160 foot tall towers, turrets, walkways, bridges, grand cathedral ceilings are just some of the incredible features of Bishops Castle. Jim has been breaking up and laying stones and cement for over 40 years, creating a grand vision that is visited by thousands of tourists each year. 76 year old MT Liggett lives in a town of 250 people and he has managed to offend each and every one. With his welding torch and a wicked sense of humor, 76 year old MT Liggett creates effigies of every politician he reviles and every woman he reveres. His outrageous kinetic totem poles line his properties, much to the chagrin of the upstanding citizenry of Mullinville Kansas, and much to the delight of art lovers who beat a path to his door.

Monday, February 2, 2009
09:30PM
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
12:30AM
Saturday, February 7, 2009
04:30PM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
03:30AM
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
10:30PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
01:30AM


A Man Named Pearl

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The inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark. One homeowner voiced the collective concern: “Blacks can’t keep up their yards.” Pearl was stung by the racial stereotype and began fashioning a garden. Thirty years later he has created a magical three-acre topiary wonderland that annually draws thousands of visitors from around the world.

Sunday, February 1, 2009
08:00PM
11:00PM
Monday, February 2, 2009
10:00PM
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
01:00AM
Friday, February 6, 2009
08:00PM
11:00PM
Saturday, February 7, 2009
02:00AM
05:00PM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
01:00PM
10:00PM
Monday, February 9, 2009
01:00AM
Thursday, February 12, 2009
09:00PM
Friday, February 13, 2009
12:00AM
03:00AM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
02:00PM
08:00PM
11:00PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009



Mr. Dial Has Something to Say

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This documentary explores the visual arts sibling of jazz, the blues and gospel. As the visual interpretation of life from America’s former slave culture, this improvisational style is a unique artistic view in American history, and one of America’s few very home-grown artistic styles. This film seeks to address the meaning and history of this movement and if the Afro-American improvisational visual art has been perceived by the mainstream art world as less important. The current movement toward recognizing and elevating great Southern African-American talents, such as self-taught artists Thornton Dial, is causing noted members of the art world to reexamine its own prejudices. Thornton Dial is a self-taught artist who only began making art after his retirement. With time to make things simply for his own pleasure, Dial started constructing figurative sculptures, paintings and mixed-media assemblages. It wasn’t long before he was discovered by the outside art world and his work is now exhibited in galleries and museums, including The New Museum in New York and the Whitney Biennial. His art functions like folk tales, combining African and American traditions to tell stories that are at once personal, political, and spiritual.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
08:00PM
11:00PM
Friday, February 6, 2009
09:00PM
Saturday, February 7, 2009
12:00AM
03:00AM
03:00PM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
12:00PM
05:00PM
Thursday, February 12, 2009
10:00PM
Friday, February 13, 2009
01:00AM
Sunday, February 15, 2009


Driven By Vision: There Goes the Neighborhood

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The Watts Towers in Los Angeles are among the most loved and revered folk art shrines in the world, but they have been in constant peril for more than 50 years. On a tiny pie-slice- shaped lot stands 17 major sculptural forms made of steel covered with mortar, embedded with pieces of ceramic tile, pottery shards, sea shells, and broken glass. The tallest tower is nearly 100 feet high. They were built by one man. Beginning in 1921, an Italian immigrant tradesman named Simon Rodia spent 30 years surrounding his house with these fantastic structures. He had no formal training in art, but boundless passion, vision and dedication. Not too much is known about why he did it or what it meant, but “Shrines” unearths some fascinating theories, uncovering clues worthy of the “Da Vinci Code”.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
09:00PM
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
12:00AM
03:00AM
Friday, February 6, 2009
03:30AM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
02:00PM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
09:00PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009





Driven By Vision: Concrete Visionaries

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Illiterate and with no formal schooling, Fred Smith worked in lumber camps for almost 50 years. At the age of 62, he began to build concrete monuments to the things that were important to him. These important works are the legacy of a backwoods renaissance man – a lumberjack, fiddler, farmer, pub owner and sculptor. At the Ave Maria Grotto one tiny, frail Benedictine monk crafted 125 miniature concrete reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces created from stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl. Even today, tens of thousands come to the site to be awed by his creations.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
10:30PM
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
01:30AM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
09:30PM
Monday, February 9, 2009
12:30AM
03:30AM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
01:30PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
09:30PM
Monday, February 16, 2009
12:30AM
03:30AM



Driven By Vision: How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Judith and Viktor Tinkl have created a homestead like no other. Judith is a quilter and master gardener. Viktor is a sculptor and amateur architect. They met over 40 years ago and began a life of artistic and personal collaboration. From the sprawling gardens to the vast amount of fantastic whimsical sculptures, every inch of their property is an expression of their life together. In 1961, Howard Finster drained and reclaimed 2 and a half acres of swampland in Pennville, Georgia and began to collect cast off materials. Out of Finster’s vision came Paradise Garden — mosaic pathways, a “mirror house”, a concrete shoe covered in scripture, sculptures of various inventions and machinery and the “World’s Folk Art Church”

Sunday, February 1, 2009
10:30PM
Monday, February 2, 2009
01:30AM
03:30AM
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
10:00PM
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
01:00AM
Saturday, February 7, 2009
04:00PM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
06:00PM
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
08:30PM
11:30PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
02:30AM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
10:30PM
Monday, February 16, 2009
1:30AM

Driven By Vision: India – Heart and Soul

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For the special India episode, Driven By Vision tells the story of The Rock Garden of Chandigarh. The Rock Garden is one of the world’s largest visionary environments at well over twenty-five acres. There are thousands of sculptures made out of recycled materials set in a series of interlinking mosaic courtyards, waterfalls, plazas and paths. The Rock Garden is now acknowledged as one of the modern wonders of the world.

Sunday, February 8, 2009
09:00PM
Monday, February 9, 2009
12:00AM
03:00AM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
09:30PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
12:30AM
03:30AM
07:00PM



Driven By Vision: You’re a Good Man Charlie…

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In Texas, Charlie Stagg waves his mortar wand as he cements hundreds of discarded pop and beer cans to shape a new country home and studio, to replace the studio he lost in a fire. Charlie had never built a regular house – but this creation drew friends and fans from miles around to help him with his living expression of man in harmony with earth. Charlie Lucas interprets the world in his own way, calling himself the “Tin Man” and creating intricate structures of metal to tell the stories of his world because he cannot read or write. His best friend is his 90-year-old white neighbor Kathryn Tucker Wyndham. These two story tellers garden, dumpster-dive and otherwise amuse themselves in the history-heavy town of Selma, Alabama.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
08:00PM
11:00PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
02:00AM
Thursday, February 12, 2009
03:30AM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
01:00PM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
10:00PM
Monday, February 16, 2009
01:00AM


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. John Foster  |  January 29, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Wow, thanks for the heads up!! Now I just have to figure out how to get Ovation TV— but I will look for these great films on cable… they MUST be somewhere! John

    Reply

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