adventures are always on the horizon …
best road trip ever & road trip 66
You can’t find the art if you don’t get in the car. It started simply enough. Books of maps, clues and notes about folk art sites crowded the passenger seat, spilling on the ground with every sharp turn or sudden stop. Then came the opportunity to combine my love of design, art, photography and technology — all rolled up in the form of 2 iPhone apps, “Best Road Trip Ever!” and “Road Trip 66“. Sadly, they are no longer available, but I am still hitting the road as often as possible.
There were over 10,000 entries of folk art sites, offbeat attractions, mom ‘n pop eateries now could fit in my pocket (and yours, if so inclined.) You didn’t find the “typical” spots – no run-of-the-mill fast food joints. Any app can give you a phonebook listing of what’s in the area, Best Road Trip Ever gave you the hand-curated offbeat attractions that made getting in the car a lot more fun! And Road Trip 66 (hopefully) kept folks from getting lost on that now-decommissioned highway of dreams.
I am crazy about outsider art, visionary art, art brut, folk art or whatever you want to name it. It is a pure root art form, like a visual blues or jazz.
It’s the spirit of both the art and the artists that is so captivating. If you are lucky enough to venture off of the main highways of this country, you can encounter the most amazing folks and environments. People who create just because they have to. Not for recognition, or to satisfy a client, but because it is in them to create. Maybe they have retired and have some time on their hands, or maybe there has been a personal tragedy, or sometimes the Lord has spoken to them, or they had some left over paint, but whatever drives them to create is a pure as it gets.
I wish to honor all those creative souls, and help interested folks, like yourself, learn more about them. I have spent a lot of time researching artists as my collection of outsider art grows. And so began detour art.com, which begat Detour Art the book, which begat Detour Art the exhibitions.
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