Thursday, January 16, 2014

Two Detroit Artists Put Their Life's Work Into Books: Julie Fournier and Topher Crowder.

The collected works, volume one, of Julie Fournier awaits in the queue for seven more buyers. Fournier is an overlooked artist who is kept from starving by her garden all too often. She has twice organized the art fair in Hazel Park, and just exemplifies the role of the art activist. Wonder what it will take for her art career to properly prosper? In other news, Topher Crowder, another artist with his roots in Detroit, has just published a collection of his writings called, "My Life Splayed Open". As an occasion reader of the blog of the same title, I must confess. I cannot read this material without experiencing an angst attack. Quite literally, experienced is "a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition". That said, hope TC will turn it into a graphic novel to put on shelf next to Samuel Beckett and Jean Paul Sarte. Sartre said "Man is a useless passion". My Life Splayed Open proves that assertion.

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