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OAF Talks

Killing Time: The Chronology of Creativity

New York 2016

OAF Talks


Time moves differently in the world of outsider art. We often expect mainstream artists we respect to evolve and progress over time. In the outsider art realm, however, many artists expand upon a single vision obsessively for an entire lifetime. What external factors contribute to the freezing of time in this particular artistic arena? What roles do setting, state of mind, modes of perception and isolation play in artistic evolution? "Killing Time: The Chronology of Creativity" will explore the particular way that time moves – or stands still – for a variety of outsider and mainstream artists. An art therapist, a philosophy of science professor, and an artist will converge to spark a conversation about the beguiling relationship between time and creativity.

Priscilla Frank
Priscilla Frank is a writer for Huffington Post Arts & Culture and is interested in outsider and non-mainstream art, feminist art, art therapy and diversity in the art world. She founded Outside the Lines, a subpage of the Huffington Post dedicated to outsider art and related fields. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and currently based in Los Angeles. 

David Albert

David Albert is the Fredrick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, and director of Columbia's Masters Program in the Philosophical Foundations of Physics.  He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the Rockefeller Institute in 1981, and has since published widely in both physics and philosophy journals, as well as in Scientific American, the New York Times Book Review, and other popular media.  He is the author of three books "Quantum Mechanics and Experience", "Time and Chance", and "After Physics", all published by Harvard University Press.  He was elected in 2015 as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Chris Byrne 
Chris Byrne is the author of the graphic novel project entitled The Magician (Marquand Books, 2013) and the book The Original Print (Guild Publishing, 2002). He is the co-founder of the Dallas Art Fair and has organized the exhibitions Peter Saul: 50 Years of Painting; ZAP: Masters of Psychedelic Art (with Gary Panter); and Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings from Many Worlds for the Andrew Edlin Gallery. He represents the estate of Alessandra Michelangelo.  Byrne is the former Chairman of the Board of the American Visionary Art Museum. He currently serves on the American Folk Art Museum's Council for the Study of Art Brut and the Self-Taught as well as the Board of Directors of the Dallas Contemporary . He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Joe Coleman
Joe Coleman is a painter, performer, and collector of oddities. Coleman's intricately detailed paintings, primarily portraits of figures both famous and infamous, have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe and are in the collections of Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Iggy Pop, and Jim Jarmusch. Coleman paints using a single-hair brush and a jeweler's loupe, making much of the detail invisible to the naked eye. His performances range from the seminal 1970s punk band The Steel Tips, and his 1980s exploding geek act as Professor Mombooze-o, to his more recent roles in feature films by Asia Argento and Julian Hobbes. His work has been published in numerous books, prints and recordings. Coleman lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Whitney Ward, amid a world-class collection of sideshow oddities, serial-killer ephemera, and wax-museum dioramas, known as The Odditorium.

Irene Rosner David, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCAT, HLM
Irene Rosner David is director of therapeutic arts at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York where she has been a medical art therapist for 43 years. Dr. David is also a professor at the graduate art therapy program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has presented and published on the subject of artistic expression and medicine. She has served on the Board of the American Art Therapy Association, has been President of the New York Art Therapy Association and is a strong advocate for the profession. 

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