(now posted to the Functional Nerds)
A few years ago, Matt Dukes Jordan compiled Wierdo Deluxe to showcase today's leading lowbrow and pop surrealist artists. With Weirdo Noir, he crawls into the cracks of the lowbrow genre to harvest some of the darker Gothic* works contained therein.
Jordan's introductory essay is a glimpse into the human obsession with what goes bump in the night, and earlier art movements that precursor today's noir creatives. His timeline of dark imagery through the ages is a real treat and he takes pains to place lowbrow art into the context of today's culture, contrasting it with the kitschy and commercial imagery it appropriates.... (read more)