aminah robinson


Aminah Robinson’s website has an app where you can “create your own art”, inspired by her collages. Is this, then, another way of working with found materials? where someone else has chosen what materials you can find, and then limits you to their two dimensionality? where every “stitch” is identical? interesting. These are what I made on the site, anyway.

Influences of the Untaught: Contemporary Drawings

Throwback Thursday!

In the October 1988, we opened Influences from the Untaught: Contemporary Drawings, a show featuring the work of nine artists selected from the four corners of the country whose work derives from primitive, folk, and naive sources. For them, images familiar since early childhood had been a constant source of inspiration, no matter how sophisticated their later education.

They cited family members, or creative but untrained individuals in the community, and even the presence of artworks from earlier cultures as influences.

Jeff Way was inspired by the ancient burial mounds of Native Americans in his native state of Ohio, and Beverly Buchanan by the folk artist Nellie Maw Rowe. The insights and foibles of his father, an untaught artist, were a major influence on Denis Gaston’s art. Scottish artist Tom Duncan drew from Celtic designs from the church of his community, and Florida-born Josette Urso was inspired by the heritage of her Sicilian-born father. Both Aminah Brenda L. Robinson and Trena Banks drew heavily on their southern roots and Black culture, Alison Saar spoke in her work about the Watts towers in Los Angeles, and Bert L. Long Jr. saw the personal visions of the untrained as a source of inspiration, citing the intensity that he felt emanates from those works.


Tom Duncan, The Mercurochrome Kid IV, 1988.

Installation views at The Drawing Center, 1988