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jennifer rose

Jul 6, 2008, 9:50 PM

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What's the Worst Piece of Folk Art You've Ever Bought?

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See http://richland.wordpress.com/2008/07/06/whod-buy-that-gang/ for what's on the No Buy List. And my own confession at http://staringatstrangers.typepad.com/...who-doesnt-love.html. All of us have bought, at one time or another, the Mexican equivalent of Dogs Playing Poker. What's the worst you've ever bought? Do you still have it?



Gringal

Jul 7, 2008, 7:04 AM

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My current dwelling. lol.


karfest


Jul 7, 2008, 2:19 PM

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Uh-oh! This is on the list of things not to buy and it is one of the only things I have in our house until I can seriously decorate. I noticed that every house we visited had one so I assumed it was some sort of good luck thing. Now I find out it makes a great remote holder!!!
Karen
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robrt8

Jul 7, 2008, 3:26 PM

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Jenn, I don't know why you plug that Gangs blog--the one beamed from some hut in Saskatchewan & written by some guy who spent three months in SMA and can't just move on.
Worst piece of folk art ever:
My wife and I bought a 3' tall devil at Lagunilla about 20 years ago. It was hideous, with long white horns and ugly teeth (Guerrero-style ugly). I have no idea why we bought it. We took it home to LA and spent the next month finding a place for it in our house. No place worked, it was so ugly. It wasn't heavy enough to be a doorstop. Finally I put it outside like a garden gnome.
A few days later our TV caught on fire for no reason. A little while later there was an earthquake. We gifted it to my sister. She had a streak of bad luck as well and gave it back.
I broke up the cursed devil and burned it in in the fireplace. We continued to have bad luck. The bank foreclosed on a property we owned by accident.
Later my wife confessed to saving the devil's hand, "just to have a little something". I burned it too and the curse ended.


tashby


Jul 7, 2008, 6:50 PM

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Whaaaaa?

I LOVE those guys! (Yeah, we have one too.) What's not to love?

Stick a votive in it and watch the light dance, I say!

Gotta think about my/our worst folk art....


Georgia


Jul 7, 2008, 7:15 PM

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I really don't know what they were burning in the house I visited in Ocumichu in Michoacan that day. I thought it was for heat. But, now I have my doubts. It did smell a bit odd. Before I knew what had happened, I agreed to purchase a small item that looked like a cute bunny done in unfired, painted clay. A price was agreed upon - I think - anyway, I bought the thing. No, I don't particularly care for bunnies. I don't know why I bought it. When I got it home, I realized it was in two parts and that the top, the bunny part, lift off. Aha, a butter dish, maybe? Nope. Under the lid was a scene of very creative fornication. Creative enough that Dan Quayle would have bought it and declared it at customs. (Think back on history here, please.) Anyway, I now own this very peculiar piece of porno/artisanry. I keep trying to think of a worthy recipient for next year's Christmas list. I just don't know how to get it out of the country and into the US without risking the wrath of the customs inspector. Meanwhile it is perched on a shelf in my living room. Any takers out there?


bournemouth

Jul 8, 2008, 6:36 AM

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Georgia - I'll be right over - as soon as it stops raining!


Gringal

Jul 8, 2008, 7:17 AM

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....and when you get it, I want to see it too. I'm still trying to figure out the Dan Quayle reference???
I give up.


Georgia


Jul 8, 2008, 11:01 AM

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Ah, Dan Quayle, that master of spelling. Dan, in his infinite wisdom and diplomatic sensitivity, went on a trip to Ecuador. Now, I've spent a lot of time in Ecuador, and local artisans produce a lot of porno/artisanry for the tourist trade. Tourists must have a peculiar idea of Ecuadorian customs. But, anyway, back to Dan, the Ditz. He purchased one of these cute little ceramics: a circle of Indian men doing "it" to one another. (Not sure how graphic I can get on MexConnect.) Customs confiscated it and it made the headlines. In all charity, I'm not 100% positive if Dan the Ditz ever really understood what the ceramic figures were doing, but the customs guy did. It made headlines, as I said, and Dan was perplexed. "Huh?" he said, "I thought it was a potatoe."

My porno/artisanry piece is heteosexual, and not half as indigenous looking. I thought it was a Purepecha depiction of a North American Easter bunny.

In my own defense, I will say that the room where I purchased it was illuminated by a single lightbulb in a distant corner and I have macular degeneration and need a lot of light to actually see things. And the lady who sold it to me never revealed the fact that it was in two parts: it was taped closed. She did, however, smirk.


Georgia


Jul 8, 2008, 11:03 AM

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Be my guest. It is accompanied by a quizzical turtle whose shell is covered with little skulls. Darling. What ARE they smoking in Ocumichu???


Gringal

Jul 8, 2008, 1:11 PM

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Thanx for the explanation. I'd say it was a potatoe with a lot of skin.


robrt8

Jul 8, 2008, 5:06 PM

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You must have went to the same street we went to, Georgia. I made the mistake of laughing at a few of the more X-rated "works".
I was then led by the hand to the most obscene artistas.
Maybe it's in their diet.


morgaine7


Jul 8, 2008, 6:58 PM

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You know those carved walking sticks with the bright painted colors? My father was difficult to buy for, so in desperation I brought him one from my first trip to Mexico in 1975. I think it was from the market in Puerta Vallarta. It disappeared into the bowels of my parents' house, and I forgot all about it. On a visit thirty plus years later, I found my mother hobbling around with it after a foot injury. Then a couple of years after that, I fractured my ankle while visiting there and ended up using it to get to the hospital. Waste not, want not.

Kate


Georgia


Jul 9, 2008, 8:04 AM

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it stopped raining. It's all yours.


bournemouth

Jul 9, 2008, 8:44 AM

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It's still raining here - I think Mother Nature is protecting me!
 
 
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