Rocaterrania is a country located in part of what's often known as the North Country
of New York State, bordering on Canada. At least, it's there in the mind of Renaldo Kuhler, its creator, who has been imagining -- and sometimes physically creating -- the nation's politics
, and artifacts since he was a teenager on his family's ranch in Colorado just after World War II. The son of Otto Kuhler
, who designed the Hiawatha passenger trains
of the Milwaukee Road railway, Renaldo needed an escape from ranch life. He invented a nation of forward-looking Eastern European immigrants with a vibrant, distinctly un-American culture. He warns, though, "it is not a Utopia." He has drawn, painted, and been the nation's history. He created its language, Rocaterranski, and alphabet
from Yiddish and Spanish and German. Rocaterrania is a large-scale work of fiction but sometimes the way Kuhler speaks, it sounds like he believes it's really there. Kuhler now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina
and is known about town for his Rocaterranian garb. [more inside]
posted by knile
on Jan 7, 2011 -
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
was born in Wisconsin on July 31, 1910. He lived in a small house in Milwaukee with his wife Marie, and he worked in a bakery. Between 1954 and 1963 he used his fingers, combs, quills and bakery tools to create hundreds of explosively colorful semi-abstract landscapes
that evoke primordial soup biology
, Lovecraftian horror
, scifi weirdness
and hellish alien beauty
('Full-Screen View' and its zoomable interface increase the pleasure dramatically). The 12 galleries
of paintings at his memorial site are all available for free hi-res download, you can hear him talking about drugs, brain chemistry and visions at the 'Listen' link, and there's currently an exhibit honoring the centennial of his birth
at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
posted by mediareport
on Aug 25, 2010 -
The Owl House.
The Owl House and the Camel Yard were home to the reclusive South African artist Helen Martins.
A place of archetypal, almost mythic outsider art,
transformed her home with the help
of her collaborator
That simple decision
, to embellish her environment, was to grow into an obsessive urge to express her
deepest feelings, her dreams and her desires. '
Here are some pictures.
posted by plep
on Oct 29, 2002 -