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Outsider Art Fair 2015

Gerard Cambon, Orange Ferris IV, 2014. Mixed media assemblage. 40 x 26 x 9 in. Photo courtesy of Judy A. Saslow Gallery Inc., Chicago.

Based just outside of Paris, Gerard Cambon makes assemblages using ephemera he finds in antique shops and flea markets, like cans, old medical equipment, and bicycle wheels, as in the work pictured. Each complete piece creates a miniature environment for his strange, small human figures. "They are tiny, but they are packed with feeling," says gallerist Jaime Degroot. 

Jerry "the Marble Faun" Torre, Howler, 2007. Cranberry alabaster. 20 x 5 x 6 in. Photo courtesy of Jackie Klempay, Brooklyn. 

Best known for his appearance in Grey Gardens (1975), Jerry Torre–dubbed "the Marble Faun" by Edith Bouvier Beale in the documentary—has five works featured in Jackie Klempay's booth. Originally taught stonecarving by his stone mason uncle, Torre, now 60, has had a slew of varied jobs, from caretaker at a palace in Saudi Arabia to cab driver, but sculpted as a hobby all along. Pictured here, Howler was inspired by a howling wolf he saw on National Geographic TV. 

Yashoda Devi, (untitled), 1990s. Natural colors on paper. 22 x 30.3 in. Photo courtesy of Galerie Hervé Perdriolle, Paris.

French gallerist Hervé Perdriolle discovered Indian artist Yashoda Devi's work on a visit to the India Gandhi Museum of Man in Bhopal in 1997. Fascinated by her talent, he set off to locate her in an impoverished area called Bihar, historically significant because it is the birthplace of the founder of Jainism and it is where Buddha found enlightenment. When he was finally able to track her down, she was over 70 years old. She died in 2000.

In the style of traditional Indian folk art, the drawing pictured depicts an interplay between the phallus and the yoni, represented in the seven central connected circles.

Hebime, Lab work, 2014. Acrylic on panel. 61.5 x 73.5 cm. Photo courtesy of YOD Gallery, Osaka, Japan. 

Based in Japan, the artist Hebime creates stunningly colorful paintings by layering thick coats of variously shaded acrylic paint on canvas, or sometimes other surfaces such as a box. Once the paint dries, which can take up to a month, he carves patterns into the hardened surface using a chisel, also a staple tool of traditional Japanese crafts. The resulting works have an optical illusion-like quality as viewers try to make visual sense of them. 

Sabhan Adam, Untitled, 2005. Mixed media on canvas. 76 x 61 in. Photo: ©Polad-Hardouin Gallery, Paris. 

Based in Damascus, Syria, Sabahn Adam (born 1972) is a self-taught artist known for his psychologically dark, introspective works on paper. Partly self-portraits, the monstrous creatures that appear in his art express anxiety and alienation in a way that is striking and poignant. 

Cícero Alves dos Santos (Véio), Untitled, 2012. Acrylic on wood. 60 x 50 x 60 cm. Photo: ©Germana Monte Mor.

Brazilian artist Cícero Alves dos Santos, professionally referred to as Véio, is known for his brightly colored wooden works. Varying widely in size and shape, the forms come from found branches and sticks that Véio modifies only slightly, if at all. The bright, unnatural colors he uses led curator Rodrigo Naves to dub his style "pop nature." 

John Brill, 2014. Mixed media, installation view with the artist. Photo courtesy of Kent Fine Art. 

For Outsider, artist John Brill, who is a school bus driver by day, recreated an installation that he designed for Kent Fine Art in 2013. Taking up most of the booth, it includes an eclectic assortment of photographic prints, lamps, a small television, a vanity mirror, and a fish bowl with live fish, all arranged over three wood bureaus. Many of the photographs are products of his past experiments with documentation. "It was kind of diaristic in nature, then it stopped being diaristic, and took on this weight that was never intended," says Brill.  He explains that each item for him comes with "an anchor in time that sets off all of these associations. It's a great organizing principle...if [the objects' placement] seems to go together in my head, I bring it out, and I see if it goes together in anyone else's head." 

Marianne Schipaanboord, works on paper, installation view. Photo courtesy of Een Nieuwe Wind, the Netherlands.

Netherlandish artist Marianne Schipaanboord is deaf and unable to speak. Her drawings, however, express her day to day thoughts and activities in a beautiful and simple way.  

Andy Dixon, Red Nude, 2014. Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas. Framed: 106.7 x 157.5 cm. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Hossack, London and New York. 

Based in Vancouver, Andy Dixon makes brightly colored paintings that recall a Fauvist sensability, with subjects that draw on a range of art historical tropes, like reclining nude females, still lives of flowers, and Renaissance royal portraiture. Specific choices like line treatment, composition, and a certain seeming self-consciousness about his historical sources make Dixon's work fresh. 

Takahiro Yamamoto, Reclamation, 2014. Pencil and watercolor on board. 9.8 x 9.8 in. Photo courtesy of Gallery Kogure, Tokyo.

"Pencil and watercolor on board"—that is not a mistake. This miniature work is indeed not a photograph but a painting painstakingly composed by Japanese artist Takahiro Yamamoto.