review this as an "outsider" from all
art and computer circles and many more besides!
is an interactiye CD - ROM catalogue for Power Macintosh
and Windows. The contents are divided into 5 sections:
"Movies", "Paintings", "Sounds",
"Texts" and "Soloists". It requires
a movie player program such as "QuickTime".
Keen to get on to the movies I counted l7 of them.
Mostly quite short, I particularly liked Frank Bruces'
2 Patriots, a brief look at two carved wooden figures
depicting aspects of war, with Frank Bruce being
interviewed. I also enjoyed Eve Reid's gorgeous
accompanied by birdsong.
individual paintings, over 50 of them, needed a
photo/picture program, such as my Paint Shop Pro5.
I first chose "browse" which allowed me
to see them all as thumbnail scale,clicking
on to selected pics for a larger, more detailed
view. Great fun.
The sounds were a bit disappointing, being so short
and seemingly disjointed, although Ienjoyed "Pipes",
"Chris" and "Cariba".
My favourite section was "Soloists" with
its catchy music by David Oudney and the pleasing
dot - merge effect between screens. The Dundee "Graffiti"
by "Lichen" was marvellous and I
found the Chris Valence from Achiltibuie story,
fasinating.Top places for me though went to the
haunting garden sculptures of Bill Smart, Eve Reid's
"Grail Garden", and the immensely
powerful images of Frank Bruce.
the end of the "Soloists" section were
two long essays - "Art Brut: Creation and Estrangement"
by Roger Cardinal, and "Outsider Art"
by Colin Rhodes. I found both essays very hard to
digest but they were obviously very rich in information
The "Texts" have a great deal of reading
in them including information about the individual
A fairly modern computer is probably required to
get the most out of this CD-ROM, but to sum up,
a kaleidoscope of pictures, information, sounds
and ideas which I thoroughly enjoyed and a great
way to record art in a very small and accessible
don't think the CD is that good because it is very
slow and not that easy to use.I really liked Madge
Gill's drawings, I had never heard of her before
and I thought the music which went with Frank Bruce's
work was really good.
Jodie Foster. Artist,
Room 13, Caol Primary School (Age 8)
I found some of the paintings interesting and others
I found quite boring but I particularly liked Dave
McCormick's "Musical Instrument" and "Jug
and Head". I liked Eve Reid's "Grail Garden"
and "The Sky" by Adolf W÷lfli. I found
the CD quite hard to use because it was hard to
move backwards and forwards in it.
Laura Cameron, Gallery
Curator, Room 13, Caol Primary School (Age 10)