Monday, April 18, 2011

Field Trip: Eric Legge

Albert and I went to Dillard, GA this past weekend to celebrate our four years together. Per chance, a building on Highway 441 near where we were staying had American Gothic painted on the side. I wanted to take a photo.


I snapped the photo and as I was looking at the sculptures around the building, I met Eric Legge by chance. I asked him about a plastic sculpture outside of the building, and he encouraged me to go inside of the building.



I got distracted when I saw a tire swing on a nearby tree. Near that, on the side of the building, was a pen for a bunch of roosters that were crowing like crazy. They liked to fight, too.



Albert and I walked into the building without knowing what was in store for us. It was like heaven.


There were pieces of artwork hanging up all over the walls, stacked in corners, piled on top of one another. I was immediately drawn to a yellow rabbit in a glass case nearby.


The case was a box of oddities. Paintings done on wood, glittery objects, fabrics. It was my ultimate idea of inspiration. Eric told me that the wood portrait paintings were done by Myrtice West, who he met at Finsterfest.


I asked Eric about the yellow rabbit and he told me about a project that he did back in 2005. He bought a bunch of rabbits, squirrels, and turtles from the dollar store and painted them using bright colors. Then, he left them in the woods so that "people would find them serendipitously." I loved this idea of finding a piece of art perchance. Maybe you remember something similar from the Banksy project!

(these were ones that he had left over from the project. i bought the purple squirrel.)

There were so many works of art in the gallery, it was almost too hard to process.


I talked to Eric for maybe an hour. I was just so amazed that he had done almost all of the artwork in this building. He had works by RA Miller just laying around. The right side of the building featured works by his father, Joe Legge. Albert spent a good while looking at these sculptures in detail.


There was even a work that was a collaboration between Eric and Howard Finster laying on the ground nearby.


Finster was one of Eric's biggest inspirations. On the day that Finster died, Eric painted his own replica of Finster's George Washington. This painting is hanging up as one of the focal points of the gallery.

Joe Legge's sculptures were just amazing, crammed with intricacy and intrigue.


Above the sculptures, on the wall, was a painting of Krishna and another Hindu deity. I wish that I could've afforded this painting, it would be one of my most prized possessions.


I spotted a bunch of day of the dead inspired works, of which I was instantly drawn to.


I found one day of the dead work in particular that I knew had to come home with us. Albert agreed. I have never seen Albert so excited about art before. Ever. This painting was in our wedding colors, teal and yellow, and featured two skeletons and a heart. In the background was the beach (which we LOVE) and a sun (Here Comes the Sun played at our wedding, too). It was made with a dremel tool on a cabinet door. Albert loved the substrate!



I asked Eric which piece was his favorite. He said, "The next piece is always my favorite." He said that he's been making artwork for as long as he could remember. I snapped a photo of him next to his work:


You can learn more about Eric Legge at his website. If you're interested in browsing works that he has for sale, you can visit his Etsy store. Special thanks to Eric for being an inspiration! & I hope to see everyone at Finsterfest this year!

2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful unexpected adventure. Nice to have your camera and your enthusiasm with you.

    Thanks (as usual) for sharing.

    Paul

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  2. Wow! There is a place you have GOT to check out in Watkinsville. It's kind of a thrift-store/ museum/ art shop. I'll tell you the name of it when I can find it again!

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