Folk art is one of those tiptoe terms that art institutions employed to describe artwork made by makers who were self-taught versus academy- or college-educated, including those who may not have considered themselves artists. It also loosely referred to certain art media, like quilting or carving, and style, like the simplistic works made famous by Grandma Moses, who began painting at 78. WSU’s Indie Folk offers a contemporary understanding of “folk” with an emphasis on independence, especially from conventional materials and artistic approaches. Fun, funky and for the people, this show of more than 50 works from mostly Pacific Northwest artists has an added bonus of a curated playlist of similarly fun and funky PNW music.
Indie Folk: New Art and Songs from the Pacific Northwest • Jan. 18-May 21; open Tue-Fri from 1-4 pm, Sat from 10 am-4 pm • Free • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU • 1535 NE Wilson Rd., Pullman • museum.wsu.edu • 509-335-1910
— Carrie Scozzaro