We’ve written about Maxine Payne’s book, Making Pictures: Three For a Dime, which highlights the work of a family of itinerant photographers – the Massengills. We were inspired by this catalog of the family’s work and incorporated those thoughts and feelings into our most recent collection. Alabama Chanin, in collaboration with Maxine Payne and contributor Phillip March Jones, has invited a number of different artists, writers, musicians, chefs, and creative types to offer up their own interpretations of the Massengill photographs in a series of posts for the Journal. The posts give voice to the images of the often-anonymous figures that appear in the photographs. For this particular entry, we invited Butch Anthony to “intertwangle” a series of Massengill photographs.
Butch Anthony is an artist, designer, creator, and curator of the “Museum of Wonder,” a cabin of curiosities located at his home in Seale, Alabama. The museum is located in a 500-square-foot former taxidermy shop and is filled with a collection of original artwork, artifacts, and found objects. Among the featured items: jars of bones and animal specimen, Bigfoot tracks, and the (supposed) World’s Largest Gallstone. He is also the uncontested inventor of Intertwangleism, his playful artistic point of view. Butch explains: “Intertwangleism is how I look at people and break them down to their primordial beginnings. Almost like x-ray vision, seeing through a person’s clothes, through their skin, and muscles and veins and bones, even their shadow.”
From The New York Times:
“Mr. Anthony has made up his own word, “intertwangleism,” a label he paints on a lot of his pieces, which he defined this way: “Inter, meaning to mix,” he said. “And twang, a distinct way of speaking. If I make up my own ‘ism,’ no one can say anything or tell me I’m doing it wrong.”
Read more about the Museum of Wonder in The New York Times.
(Full disclosure: Butch and Natalie have an eight-year old daughter, Maggie, who is following in Butch’s “intertwangled” footsteps.)