by Mariah Parker, Multimedia Editor
This Wednesday, April 18, senior Chris O’Leary and a coterie of Wilson artists and writers will converge upon Bobo Gallery to celebrate the release of their anthology, ‘Till One Goes Crazy.’
The title ‘Till One Goes Crazy’ derives from the Dadaist Manifesto of 1918. “The Dadaists… had a very community-based, anybody-can-make-art mentality. They did what they wanted and not what anybody else wanted, and I know a lot of [artists] with similar attitudes,” O’Leary says.
Influenced by psychedelic songster Captain Beefheart, avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and everything in between, ‘Till One Goes Crazy’ examines the intersection of art and pop culture, asking the question, “At what point do we utilize the culture we’re born in and at what point do we diverge from it?”
“There’s not really a distinction anymore between high- and low-art,” says O’Leary. “The Internet provides this massive accessibility to art so that we’re inundated with it. [The Dadaist community mentality] really coincides with a place like the Internet where anyone can put something out there, and that’s what we’re about.”
The anthology features the work of Wilson graduates Max Hunt, Philip Hamilton, Justin Evans, Andrew Jones and Ella Patrick; Student Activities supervisor Dan Seeger; and current students Kaylee Dunn, Jill Winsby-Fein and Rachel Rudi.
“I wanted to expose talented artists to the Asheville community, for people to see things that I’ve seen and have been inspired by,” says O’Leary.
After its release, ‘Till One Goes Crazy’ will be available for purchase at Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe and Downtown Books & News. O’Leary soon hopes to make digital copies available online as well.
“I’m excited to see what the Asheville community has to say,” O’Leary says.