Photo of Purvis Young courtesy of David A. Raccuglia.
I’ve been a fan of the work of what are called “outsider” artists for a long time. One of these artists, the Reverend Howard Finster, did the cover of a Talking Heads record many years ago. When I was thinking about this record recently, and what images might visually represent it, it occurred to me that many of these artists focus intensely on what they feel might be a better world. The hope, the longing and the need to imagine what could be is widespread, and manifests in so much of their work. They are dreamers—as are we all.
Online I found a painting Purvis Young created that for me caught this feeling perfectly, a head, a face—of indeterminate race and possibly gender—dreaming, meditating, contemplating. That’s us…
-David Byrne, NYC
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