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Way Out There: Inside the Jargon Society, Late-20th-century America's most curious cultural outfit and its Raiders of the Lost Art

Tom Patterson

"Patterson seemingly had a hand in every outlet of creative expression all over the South.... In this book he hews closely to his seven years in Georgia's capital city, when he embarked on projects that eventually made him a go-to authority on visionary art.... Patterson clearly has a kind of internal divining rod that dependably leads him toward worthwhile weirdos."

Book Details

  • Publisher: Spuyten Duyvil
  • Publish Date: Jun 15th, 2024
  • Pages: 266
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.00in - 5.25in - 0.66in - 0.56lb
  • EAN: 9781963908107
  • Categories: Artists, Architects, Photographers

About the Author

Patterson, Tom: - Tom Patterson is writer, editor, and independent curator based in North Carolina. His books include St. EOM in the Land of Pasaquan (Jargon Society, 1987; University of Georgia Press, 2018), Howard Finster, Stranger from Another World (Abbeville Press, 1989), and The Tom Patterson Years: Cultural Adventures of a Fledgling Scribe (Hiding Press, 2021). His writings have appeared in afterimage, American Crafts, Aperture, ARTnews, Art Papers, BOMB, Folk Art, and New Art Examiner. A frequent, longtime contributor to Raw Vision, the London-based international outsider-art journal, he is also a former editor of North Carolina's Arts Journal (1988-1990), and a former visual-art columnist for the Charlotte Observer (1992-1998) and the Winston-Salem Journal (1988-2022). He has curated exhibitions for the American Visionary Art Museum, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the College of Charleston's Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, among other visual-art institutions.

Praise for this book

Patterson opens himself up to strangeness ad outsideness, differentness, which most people don't.... Most people are very guarded and sort of bored. That's the last thing Patterson is. Nothing bores him, anything interests him.

Poet/photographer/publisher Jonathan Williams

Patterson was always seeing things in interesting ways.... He has a sense of the unusual and a sense of discovery-a sense of the ridiculous, and wants to share that."

Alfred W. Brown, founding editor of Brown's Guide to Georgia