A Russian outsider artist and his guns
June 12, 2007 2:27 PM   Subscribe

Alexander Pavlovich Lobanov was a Russian deaf-mute confined to psychiatric institutions for over 50 years. He liked to draw pictures of himself with guns. Lots of guns.
posted by hydrophonic (12 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

can i just say that "mental.ru" is a great domain name!
posted by jcruelty at 2:34 PM on June 12, 2007

Can't get through ...
posted by krinklyfig at 2:43 PM on June 12, 2007

... to mental.ru, that is.
posted by krinklyfig at 2:47 PM on June 12, 2007

Given the other .ru sites I've seen about guns I'd love to see a mental one.
posted by Artw at 3:00 PM on June 12, 2007

Too much traffic for mental.ru, I guess. Here's some Google cached pages: 1 2 3 4
posted by hydrophonic at 3:34 PM on June 12, 2007


Well, Freedom got an AK.
posted by pax digita at 4:31 PM on June 12, 2007

Ok, i'm not sure what to make of this, but the last link was not responding, so I closed it, and I got a cascade of fresh opening links to the same dead page.

I force-closed about 40 of them before I just hit logoff.

Reminded me of the old porn spam windows you used to get back about 2002.

So, maybe it was a random error, but beware Vista users. Note I had popup blocker turned on.
posted by Ynoxas at 5:15 PM on June 12, 2007

Lobanov is great- he's been catching on as an outsider art-world darling the last decade or so, and his work is pretty widely known now.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:17 PM on June 12, 2007

Fascinating. I like this one quite a lot. (Like a number of his others, it's captioned охотник стреляет хорошо [okhotnik strelyaet khorosho] 'the hunter shoots well.')

I see he was from Mologa, a northern Russian town that was flooded for the Rybinsk Reservoir in 1939; there's a nice site commemorating the town and its history, with a page of photographs of the way it used to be. (I posted about it last year—I'm a sucker for sunken cities.)
posted by languagehat at 5:19 PM on June 12, 2007

Not all of the pics are of himself. Stalin seems to be a favorite subject too.
posted by JJ86 at 7:03 PM on June 12, 2007

A few with Lenin. And then this tripped out oddity:


The "himself" photograph is fantastic.
posted by 3.2.3 at 7:34 PM on June 12, 2007

You're on notice, game designers: If you include a bolt-action double rifle in your new shooter, you now must call it the "Lobanov".

(Such weapons are actually very rare and peculiar, far less common than the standard old-fashioned "elephant gun" double rifle.)
posted by dansdata at 8:34 PM on June 12, 2007

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