Human beings like to have hobbies along with their professional career. Many people have more than one hobby. I, myself have many hobbies. My hobbies include baking, cooking, fashion, writing, reading, and art. I love reading art books and going to art museums. My favorite art museum is The Art Institute of Chicago.
Many people have hobbies in order to relax from the stress of their work. Sometimes in order to relax I like to sculpt with clay or play-doh. I also like to cook and bake as a hobby. Many people like art as a hobby and they also like to go to a variety of art museums to look at displays of folk art. I also like art so I like to go to The Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago has a wonderful display of modern art and a great display of folk art. It seems that folk art has lost its popularity in the last couple of decades with the rise of fine art. Folk art was very popular in the 1960s when pure artistic vision was very popular. Folk art includes sculpture, painting, quilting, knitting, ceramics, and music. A very popular folk art musician would probably Bob Dylan. Did you know that Grandma Moses dabbled in folk art when she was in her 70s? She was a very famous painter. Way to go, Grandma Moses!
Folk art describes a wide range of objects that reflect the craft traditions and the traditional social values of many social groups; for example folk art seems to have been popular in the 1960s when hippies and love ruled the day. Folk art seems like it was very unconventional because folk art is usually created by people who have little or no academic artistic training and use the established techniques and styles of a particular region or culture. Besides painting, sculpture, and other decorative art forms, some people also consider utilitarian objects such as tools and costumes types of folk art. Hippies might have loved finger painting and quilting has become popular again in the 20th and 21st centuries. For the most part, folk art would exclude works of art that are created by professional artists and is sold as high or fine art to the society’s aristocratic elite.
There has been an increase in work created by self taught artists over the past fifteen years probably due to the growing number of retired people with time to spend on new adventures and hobbies This “Grassroots Art Movement is most visible in the states of Kansas and Wisconsin. The folk art movement was made popular on public television with a show called Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations that was aired on a television station in Kansas City, Missouri. A category of art that overlaps with folk art is called naïve art.
Naïve art is created by untrained artists. It is characterized by simplicity and a lack of the elements or qualities found in the art of formally trained artists. Naïve or folk art can also be labeled outsider art and over time has become an acceptable style. The characteristics of naïve art are a strange relationship to the formal qualities of formal paintings; for example difficulties with drawing and perspective that result in a charmingly strange and refreshing vision; strong use of pattern; unrefined color, and simplicity rather than subtlety are all supposed to be markers of naïve art. It has become such a popular and recognizable art style that many examples of this type of art could be labeled somewhat naïve art. I have visited a folk culture center in New Mexico that sold pottery and turquoise jewelry.