In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin on view at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

 Image: Eddie Owens Martin/St. EOM (American, 1908-1986). Untitled, n.d. Gouache on paper, 11.75 x 16 in. Courtesy of LaGrange Art Museum

Image: Eddie Owens Martin/St. EOM (American, 1908-1986). Untitled, n.d. Gouache on paper, 11.75 x 16 in. Courtesy of LaGrange Art Museum

CHICAGO --  Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art announces its upcoming exhibition, In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin, opening Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.

Eddie Owens Martin (1908-1986), who, in his later years, referred to himself as St. EOM, was the creator of Pasaquan. This visionary artist, who had no formal training, reveled in the intuitive creative art process. St. EOM was influenced by many artistic traditions, including Mesoamerican, African and eastern art, but the content of his work was constructed from utopian visions.

This exhibition features a large selection of never-before-seen original drawings, sculptures, paintings, regalia, adornments and other examples of art by St. EOM. Through the use of original art, informational text panels, and vintage and contemporary photographs, this colorful exhibit tells the incredible story of the life of the creator of Pasaquan.

Pasaquan is a seven-acre art environment that consists of six major structures, more than 900 feet of painted masonry fence, painted totems, decorative walkways, sculptures, and other art and artifacts in southwest Georgia's Marion County. Pasaquan is considered among the most important visionary art environments in the United States. Nearly 30 years after the artist's death--long after the brightly painted masonry had begun to fade literally and figuratively--the Kohler Foundation, the Pasaquan Preservation Society and Columbus State University partnered to bring this extraordinary art environment back to life.

In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin originated from the LaGrange Art Museum and is made available by the courtesy of Columbus State University, Columbus State University Foundation, Inc.; Pasaquan in Buena Vista, Ga.; and through a gift by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. The show was curated by Fred C. Fussell. 

In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin opens Friday, Dec. 22, with a free opening celebration event taking place Friday, Jan. 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on view until March 11, 2018.

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Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is one of the premier museums of outsider and self-taught art in the world, offering exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a permanent collection of more than 1,200 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.

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