Cultural Writing. Art. "You've got a special mind and a special paw." This line from one of Per Frykdahl's notebooks points the viewer/reader of Per's work in the right direction. Per, who died at 35, in 2005, was utterly unique. Per's "special paw," his unmistakable hand, is but the most widely known aspect of his variously "special mind." This mind was, of course, his gift and bane. "For gravitas and edginess, the outsider art of Per Frykdahl stands out....Frykdahl...won awards for his CD covers for local avant-garde rock bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Idiot Flesh. His cartoon imagery draws on '30s movie posters, carnival peep shows, honky-tonk bars, and Berlin cabarets. 'It's a Sad, Beautiful World'....his first gallery exhibit...include[s] excerpts from his astonishing comic strip account of the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago-born African-American killed in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi"--SF.Weekly.com.
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