Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> 2nd Floor (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; 2nd Floor; Left of Room 272

Outsider Art ➔ Untitled (Colorful Square Mandala)

Artwork
Identifier:
2019.10.4
Artist:
Ericc "Etok" Tascott
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Acrylic on Board
Date:
2015
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 17"
Description:
Square acrylic on board painting of a mandala pattern. Black circle at center, with pink, yellow and orange concentric circles as well as a blue and green square. Colorful dots throughout.
Historical Context:
Outsider, self-taught, folk, raw, naïve are all ways to describe art made by self-taught artists, or those artists who have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. The phrase “outsider art” was first coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut, a French phrase for "raw art" or "rough art,” a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture. Ericc “Etok” Tascote is a local Grand Rapids outsider artist. He works heavily with found materials like cardboard, hubcaps, furniture, paper and household items to create colorful paintings and sculptures. He pulls from a wide variety of inspirations such as language and slang, as well as traditional Australian Aboriginal dot painting and pop culture. He often writes playful messages on the fronts and backs of his artwork.