Outsider Art is a term used to describe art that is made by people who choose to live and work outside society. The artists produce this kind of art-Outsider Artists-work in isolation from other artists and have little or no formal artistic training. Because they do not learn conventional artistic techniques from teachers or other artists, Outsider Artists must invent their own ways of doing things. As a result of the unconventional methods that Outsider Artists often use, their work can look strange and not at all like traditional art to the observer.
Now listen to part of a lecture in an Art History class.
(professor) All right, so let’s consider the works of outsider artist Henry Dodger. Dodger lived by himself in a tiny apartment in Chicago in the 1900s. He had no friends and spent all his spare time their alone creating hundreds of paintings and drawings. He had never formally studied art and kept his work completely private, so no one ever saw it or responded to it during his life time.
And so, when you see Dodger ’s work you notice how unique it is. It doesn't remind you of anything you've ever seen before. It’s very much his own. For example, one piece, it’s a water-color painting; in this piece he illustrates a story, about the adventure of seven children. But see, Dodger had a really hard time drawing human figures. Yet he managed to come up with his own rather unique solution for the problem. He simply cut out pictures of children from newspapers and magazines and pasted them into his own painted illustrations of trees, flowers and grass.
The results look, um, a little strange. Dodger ’s picture looks more cluttered , more crowded with details than the pictures of other artists, because its entire surface is painted and there are no spaces left empty. It’s also a lot longer than pictures of most other artists, about nine feet long.
Explain why Henry Dodger is considered an Outsider Artist.
1. outsider art：界外艺术
‘Outsider art,’ meaning works created outside the bounds of traditional culture, has blossomed in tiny Lucas.
2. conventional: adj. 符合习俗的，传统的;常见的;惯例的
Organically grown produce does not differ greatly in appearance from conventionally grown crops.
3. unconventional: adj. 非常规的;非传统的;不依惯例的
He was known for his unconventional behaviour.
4. paste: vt. 张贴，裱糊;用浆糊粘
Help me to paste up these notices.
1. isolation: n. 隔离;孤立
Punishment cannot, therefore, be discussed in isolation from social and political theory.
2. formal: adj. 正式的;拘谨的;有条理的
He wrote a very formal letter of apology to Douglas.
3. invent: vt. 发明;创造;虚构
He invented the first electric clock.
4. tiny: adj. 微小的;很少的
The living room is tiny.
5. spare time: n. 消遣时间
Reading engages his spare time.
6. formally: adv. 正式地;形式上
He was formally inducted into the office of governor.
7. private: adj. 私人的;私有的;私下的
They want more state control over private property.
8. illustrate: vt. 阐明，举例说明;图解
The example of the United States illustrates this point.
9. adventure: n. 冒险;冒险精神
I set off for a new adventure in Alaska on the first day of the new year.
10. illustration: n. 说明;插图;例证;图解
An illustration of China's dynamism is that a new company is formed in Shanghai every 11 seconds.
11 clutter: n. 杂乱，混乱
Caroline prefers her countertops to be clear of clutter.
Put on some nice soothing music.
3. wax：n. 蜡;蜡状物
There were coloured candles which had spread pools of wax on the furniture.
4. mimic：vt. 模仿，摹拟
He could mimic anybody, and he often reduced Isabel to helpless laughter.
We thought it was hilarious when we first heard about it.
We had to fictionalize names.
The word “dedication” was bandied about regularly on the newspaper
Her determined romanticism was worrying me.