by Matt Dukes Jordan
Published by Chronicle Books, March 2005
Welcome to the wild world of Weirdo Deluxe, the book that brings together the work of leading Lowbrow and Pop Surrealist artists. With more than 100 examples of astounding, sometimes outrageous work by two dozen essential artists, Weirdo Deluxe is the manifesto for this potent convergence of pop culture and art.
Seen everywhere from high-end bar accessories to major motion pictures, the contemporary art movement widely known as Lowbrow is no longer limited to small, avant gallery shows. Its presence has rapidly expanded in the last few years to worldwide recognition and acclaim. Emerging from the visual subcultures of punk rock, underground comix, the tiki lounge revival, and kustom kars, Lowbrow art continues to evolve in numerous eclectic directions.
Weirdo Deluxe brings it all together with artist profiles, an expansive timeline of the roots of the movement, and stunning reproductions. At once a key document of an emerging art movement and a coffee-table book for the next generation, Weirdo Deluxe is a thrill ride through the next major art and pop culture phenomenon.
Matt Dukes Jordan is a journalist, poet, actor, stand-up comic, painter, and photographer. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Miami New Times, Noho>LA, Solares Hill, the Key West Citizen, Bone Island Sun, and Venice magazine, as well as on Playboy.com. As an actor he has appeared on Playboy's Sex Court and Win Ben Stein's Money, and as a journalist on the TV series Key West. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
"Weirdo Deluxe is a rip-roaring road trip through the land of the Lowbrow, yielding sumptuous treasure in the nooks and crannies few have peered into."
-- Monte Beauchamp, founder and editor, BLAB!
"Somewhere on the left side of the tracks running between the underbelly and the underground, Matt Dukes Jordan is scouting the misfit masters and scouring the margins of mondo-Americana. Weirdo Deluxe is a fanatic's field guide to the inherent perversity of pictures in an age when mediation subsumes meaning."
-- Carlo McCormick, senior editor, Paper magazine