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About Eli Dalley

I am a music, LEGO, and design lover. I write mostly in Fruity Loops.

Halles St-Pierre – the Museum of Outsiders

Outsider art, or “Brut Art” is art made by artists that lack classical training and “proper” materials. More often than not, these artists display cases of severe OCD, Autism, and other mental illnesses, which can be seen heavily reflected in their artwork. This can make the artwork incredibly expressive,  as well as incredibly unique.

Personally, I love outsider art, which makes this museum one of my favorites in Paris.

This visit’s theme was Japanese Outsider art, which featured artists such as Shinichi Sawada, Yosuke Nishiyama, and many others. Some of my favorite artworks were by Shinichi Sawada, who has severe autism. His pieces are very expressive, with obvious and sometimes a startling amount of emotion expressed through them. This gives the pieces a certain “life” so to speak; a sort of essence beyond what some other paintings and sculptures have to offer.

Yosuke Nishiyama had a much more fantastical style, with maps of imaginary places, and lots of scribbles and repetitive numbers. These numbers and scribbles could be signs of OCD, which could explain the systematic style of the art.  The “maps” are made up of small sketches: people, televisions, faces, animals, etc. These little details give life to the drawings and form an expression to them.

However, my absolute favorite of all the artworks was by Yasuhiro Kobayashi. The piece was a series of 4 identical cities, which slowly lose buildings and pieces as the date on the top grows with the progression of time. This series carried a very dark, intense message, possibly showing a deterioration of the mind, where the things you know slowly fade away, leaving behind only a blank slate.

The first and last of the series by Yasuhiro Kobayashi:

Some of the works by Shinichi Sawada:

Some of the maps by Yosuke Nishiyama:

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Music á la Francaise….

We went to the Musée de la Musique, in La Villette, which contains over 7000 musical instruments within it’s walls. Continue reading

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We are in Paris once again!

So far the trip has been great! We stayed near a castle, Château Baynac, for the first week of our stay, and we have since traveled back to Paris for my mom’s teaching. On the way back we stopped by a massive subterranean church, standing 17 meters tall, all carved out of the earth. Something less exciting, though… whilst completing my homework for the day today, I found out that my schedule for school had switched around last minute, possibly invalidating 2 of my assignments.

We have emailed my counselor about it, and hopefully it turns out okay.

Yesterday we went back to the bookstore Shakespeare and Company, but I failed to pick out a book :(. I did, however, manage to get ahold of a new Shakespeare and Company bookmark, as I lost my old one to Dash. It was exciting to see Notre Dame again, and even better, we weren’t freezing our butts off this time.

Soon we plan to go to the store Deyrolle to look at the awesome taxidermy and preserved bugs there. The store is super interesting, as when you first enter it looks somewhat like a gardening store, but when you reach the top of the narrow spiral saircase, you are greeted by a ton of taxidermy animals. If you go deeper into the upstairs, you will find yourself in the bug room, where they sell preserved butterflies, moths, beetles, and many other types of bugs.

I personally hope that sometime on this trip we can walk up the avenue to the Arc de Triomphe again. Some of the stores located on the street are really fun, like the Renault showroom. Last time we went there, there were many interactive things that most of the family could play, and it was wher Dash found his “squish car.”

In other news, I have started up a Facebook page for the first time. #shamelessselfpromotion

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