Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Childhood Had Things to Offer

---I suppose. Puzzled briefly by this glossy (1950s?) item: it looked as if Goldilocks and Baby Bear were running along on lily pads. (Mental mix-up with Thumbellina, moles, stag-beetles, et al.)

Mama Bear definitely scary--rather like the hungry and irritable Ursino or Ursina who dismembered Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend in Grizzly (and in life). At the same time, lots of Borgesian visual paradoxes, especially in frantic in-flight posture of Goldilocks. The artist here might seem to be influenced by Henry Darger, only Darger's sublime Outsider works weren't discovered until the early seventies.

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