Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interiors // Art & Rural Alabama Collide On This Modern Compound

Self-taught artist and home builder, Butch Anthony, sought out to make the quintessential country escape with a contemporary-modern twist. With wooden moldings accentuated by Anthony's thoughtful art works along with his partner and mother of his four year old daughter, Natalie Chanin's embroidery, it all came together to create this self-contained universe. Anthony, who is also host of the Doo Nanny art fair - similar to Burning Man - considers his home an atmospheric turf created all on his.

Documentarian, Les Blank, who describes Anthony as a "national treasure" has been filming him for the past 12 years in an attempt to showcase his undeniable talent to build homes.

"Like a medieval village, Butch Anthony’s 80-acre family compound is a self-contained universe, and every inch of it is an expression of his prodigious creative spirit. It makes a tempting destination for folk art aficionados, as well as the sort of art world tourists who’ve already ticked Marfa, Tex., or Joshua Tree, in the California desert, off their lists."

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