Book: Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments (Hardbound)


Book: Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments (Hardbound)

Book: Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments (Hardbound)


Singular Spaces is a comprehensive and groundbreaking survey of art environments created by self-taught artists from across the Spanish mainland, compiled by the director of the world’s most important archives on these monumental sites. It introduces and examines forty-five artists and their intriguing and idiosyncratic sculptures, gardens, and buildings, most of which have never been previously published. The sites are developed organically and additively, without formal architectural or engineering plans: they are at once evolving and complete. Often highly fanciful and quixotic, the work is frequently characterized by incongruous juxtapositions, the result of a dynamic approach to creation that appears impulsive and spontaneous.

Jo Farb Hernández combines detailed case studies of the artists and their work with contextualized historical and theoretical references to a broad range of interlocking fields, including art, art history, anthropology, vernacular architecture, Spanish area studies, and folklore. Breaking down the standard compartmentalization of genres, she reveals how most creators of art environments, building within their own personal spaces, fuse their creations with their daily life in a way generally unmatched in any other circumstances of making art. The sites illustrate not only commitment to the work, but an open self-reflection of the maker’s life and concerns. 

Director of SPACES and the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery at San José State University, Jo Farb Hernández is an internationally-recognized scholar in this field, and an award-winning author, curator,and photographer. Singular Spaces includes a scholarly introduction to the field and its issues, as well as detailed narrative texts and complete visuals on each of the artists and their artworks. Divided between a 596-page book and a 565-page CD, the publication includes a complete inventory of works, site plans, and a comprehensive bibliography. It is published by Raw Vision, the leading outsider art imprint. Preface by Laurent Danchin and foreword by Roger Cardinal.

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