Henry Darger, Diary entry April 16 1968:
“Had trouble again with twine. Mad enough to wish I was a bad tornado. Swore at God.”
Henry Joseph Darger (1892 – 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called ‘The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused …by the Child Slave Rebellion’, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger’s work has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art.
Mad as a Bad Tornado is a curated zine dedicated to visionary artist Henry Darger. The zine will be a hand-made, A5 colour publication, printed in a limited edition of 50. Mad as a Bad Tornado will be launched at South Square Gallery, Bradford on 4th November and will be sold online and at a range of arts events and outlets in Autumn/Winter 2011.
Image and text submissions are invited in response to any aspect of the life and work of Henry Darger. Drawing, photography, collage and writing are all welcomed. Mad as a Bad Tornado is curated by artist and independent curator Jean McEwan.
To apply, email your submission, along with an artist cv and statement to the Jeanmariemcewan@gmail.com. Image submissions should be in jpeg format. Written submissions should be provided in Word and be a maximum of 500 words.
Deadline: 19 October 2011