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Friday, June 6, 2008

Now Hanging, Pre-Pubescent Edition!

posted by on June 6 at 14:22 PM

You can keep your “Art Walks”, and your “First Thursdays” big and small. I’ve walked them all, baby, and so have you: Each of us in search of the answer to that ever-elusive question, who is this “Art”, and why does he walk on Thursday? But as everyone who knows anything knows damn good and well, the grandest of them all is the occasional and terribly exclusive Lafayette Elementary School Thursday Night Art Walk in West Seattle. And I was there.

Mrs. Miller’s First Graders startled and enchanted art lovers and the PTA in general at this season’s event, with a moody and reflective Self Portraits in Water Color and Pencil series, the highlights of which follow:



And the thrill of the exhibition, this raw and brooding piece from 7-and-a-half-year-old Simon Dawson:


And my personal Pick of the Walk, this mythic, stark, and engaging offering in acrylic on canvas from the reclusive and eccentric 7-year-old painter, Bianca:


The exhibit will be hanging for a few more days, and then will begin its indefinite tour of refrigerators everywhere—-but if you try to see it, you’ll be detained by security and considered something of a pervert.

And of course, it’s totally worth it.

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I would pay $1,000 for that first painting. I love everything about it. Would probably have told the kid to ignore the sun, but damn, the rest is fucking perfect.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 6, 2008 2:39 PM

The second and fourth are stunning and bet the Prada pants off anything on Currently Hanging recently.

Like Poe, I would pay for these.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 2:41 PM


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 2:42 PM

I am inspired to quote a sonnet from my youth: *ahem*

Milk, milk


'round the corner

fudge is made


Posted by Hu Phlung-Pu | June 6, 2008 2:54 PM

There's a Lafayette Elementary School here? I went to Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC. I bet if I had heard about this when I was six, I would have been super-confused.

Posted by Abby | June 6, 2008 3:18 PM

That third one is amazing.

And the last one reminds me of Basquiat.

Posted by boxofbirds | June 6, 2008 3:40 PM

I love the last one. Kid paintings are the best.

Posted by Dougsf | June 6, 2008 4:12 PM

It's one thing to put four > 500 KB images on a blog post. It's another thing entirely to not have the common sense to put them after the jump on the RSS feed.

Why do you get a free pass around here? You're young, shouldn't you know how to do this stuff?

I hate your posts.

Moving on from hating Chuck, then ECB, to just hating you,

Posted by Jason Petersen | June 6, 2008 4:18 PM

I'm all about the second one. A self portrait of a person with no mouth... but all that detail on the torso.

Posted by Silence Dit Moi | June 6, 2008 4:30 PM

I like these even better than the collection at the Museum of Bad Art.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 6, 2008 4:46 PM

I feel like I've seen that last one at Sea-Tac before.

Posted by Eric Grandy | June 6, 2008 5:10 PM

Adrian! Your post made my day!

Posted by Soupytwist | June 6, 2008 6:14 PM

All kids are good at art when no one tells them what to do, but simply sets up a parameter, exposes them to techniques and lets them be themselves within it. Then, there is just uninhibited self-expression.

Posted by Jane Doe | June 9, 2008 1:01 PM

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