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Pierrot Barra and his wife Marie Cassaise are the most astonishing artists that the author of this fascinating book has encountered in more than a decade of researching Vodou in Haiti. He discovered them deep in the ramshackle Iron Market of downtown Port-au-Prince where they make and sell what he considers to be the most original Vodou art in the world.

In the glitter and bustle of the market Barra and Cassaise discern the lurking forms of divinities they serve as both priests and artists. From rubber dolls, sunglasses, holy cards, barbecue forks, goats' horns, speedometers, rosaries, junk jewelry, compact mirrors, Christmas ornaments, crucifixes, sequins, and velour they assemble fantastic sculptures that portray the fiery and potent gods of Haiti.

Inspired through dreams sent by his divine mentor Ogou - generalissimo of the Vodou pantheon - Pierrot tears apart these random commodities and brings them back to new life with pop-it beads and tinselcord. Displaying the power of a magician, he transforms heaps of rubble into glamorous repositories for the capricious and demanding gods who rule his life and guide his work.

This volume focuses on how Barra and Cassaise redefine ancient African-American traditions of sacred art, even as they push those traditions in directions the author views as "postmodern" or "outsider art." The author warns, however, that no matter how their appreciators may choose to label their art, Pierrot Barra and Marie Cassaise remain deeply Haitian and profoundly Vodou. Their sculptures capture the cultural history of a country sustained by distant memories of Africa, haunted by the imagery of Catholic saints and Masonic regalia, and bewitched by imported Hollywood kitsch. For them, lithographs of the Virgin Mary nestle easily with plastic figurines of Bugs Bunny. Yet even within a tradition open to these sorts of commercial pentecosts, the liberties taken by the artists are breathtaking.

Donald J. Cosentino is chair of the folklore program at UCLA and editor of African Arts magazine.

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Pierrot Barra and his wife Marie Cassaise create and sell their "Vodou things" in the ramshackle Iron Market of downtown Port-au-Prince. Their art is the most astonishing that the author of this fascinating book has encountered during more than a decade of researching Vodou in Haiti. He considers their work, which celebrates and evokes the powerful gods of Haiti, to be the most original Vodou art in the world. From refuse, junk, kitsch, and Roman Catholic imagery the artists assemble startling creations that have given a new direction to "postmodernism" and "outsider art". Using rubber dolls, sunglasses, holy cards, barbecue forks, goats' horns, speedometers, rosaries, costume jewelry, mirrors, Christmas ornaments, crucifixes, sequins, and velour, they create sculptures that portray the fiery and potent gods of Haiti. No matter how Barra and Cassaise's appreciators may choose to label their art, these artists remain deeply Haitian and profoundly devoted to Vodou. Their sculptures capture the teeming, rich cultural history of their country, a land that is sustained by distant memories of Africa, haunted by the imagery of Catholic saints and Masonic regalia, and bewitched by imported kitsch from Hollywood.

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Never described or recognized before, fantastic images of vodou spirits created by two Haitian artists

Synopsis:

Pierrot Barra and his wife Marie Cassaise are the most astonishing artists that the author of this fascinating book has encountered in more than a decade of researching Vodou in Haiti. Inspired by dreams and psychic visions of Vodoun divinities, the couples' sculptures combine distant memories of Africa, the imagery of Catholic saints, Masonic regalia, and Hollywood Kitsch. 48 full-color photos.

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ISBN:
9781578060146
Author:
Cosentino, Donald J.
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Author:
Cosentino, Donald J.
Location:
Jackson :
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Folk Art
Subject:
Haiti
Subject:
Influence
Subject:
Outsider art
Subject:
Art, West African.
Subject:
Voodooism in art.
Subject:
Art, West African -- Influence.
Subject:
Folk & Outsider Art
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Barra, Pierrot - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Cassaise, Marie - C
Subject:
Art - Photography
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
Art-Folk Art
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Folk art and artists series
Series Volume:
vol. 5, no 21
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
8.24x8.42x.42 in. .84 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Pierrot Barra and his wife Marie Cassaise create and sell their "Vodou things" in the ramshackle Iron Market of downtown Port-au-Prince. Their art is the most astonishing that the author of this fascinating book has encountered during more than a decade of researching Vodou in Haiti. He considers their work, which celebrates and evokes the powerful gods of Haiti, to be the most original Vodou art in the world. From refuse, junk, kitsch, and Roman Catholic imagery the artists assemble startling creations that have given a new direction to "postmodernism" and "outsider art". Using rubber dolls, sunglasses, holy cards, barbecue forks, goats' horns, speedometers, rosaries, costume jewelry, mirrors, Christmas ornaments, crucifixes, sequins, and velour, they create sculptures that portray the fiery and potent gods of Haiti. No matter how Barra and Cassaise's appreciators may choose to label their art, these artists remain deeply Haitian and profoundly devoted to Vodou. Their sculptures capture the teeming, rich cultural history of their country, a land that is sustained by distant memories of Africa, haunted by the imagery of Catholic saints and Masonic regalia, and bewitched by imported kitsch from Hollywood.
"Synopsis" by , Never described or recognized before, fantastic images of vodou spirits created by two Haitian artists
"Synopsis" by , Pierrot Barra and his wife Marie Cassaise are the most astonishing artists that the author of this fascinating book has encountered in more than a decade of researching Vodou in Haiti. Inspired by dreams and psychic visions of Vodoun divinities, the couples' sculptures combine distant memories of Africa, the imagery of Catholic saints, Masonic regalia, and Hollywood Kitsch. 48 full-color photos.
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