This month’s artist eschews digital in favor of original source materials, culling his imagery largely from horror comics, books on primitive man, Medieval art and Hare Krishna promotional material. Images are sliced and glued in a manner designed to invoke feelings of unease and existential dissonance yet are often tinged with a deliberate element of humor: like H.P. Lovecraft whispering in the ear of a nitrous oxide intoxicated and X-Acto knife wielding Hieronymus Bosch.
Growing up in the greater Kansas City metro area, his aspirations were focused in the direction of music. Shortly after high school he formed his first band called Big Toe, which was a part of the hardcore scene in and around Lawrence, Kansas. In 1991, he moved to Seattle and began playing in The Moogs, all while working a day job as an exterminator. He would soon marry and, in 1999, he and his wife moved back to Kansas City.
Eight years later he would begin working under the moniker of Folkicide. A largely DIY undertaking, he opted to forego the normal route of hiring a commercial designer and assembled his first collage for the 2010 cover of the Folkicide release Let's Worship Degenerates. Juxtaposing Theravada Buddhist imagery found at a Bangkok street stall, 80's Warner horror comics, and snipping’s from the Queen News of the World album cover. Surprised by the positive reaction to the odd aesthetic he had stumbled upon, he continued assembling collages, now numbering in the hundreds. We are proud to present to you our November Spotlight on the art and music of Burnie Booth, AKA Folkicide.
Recorded and mixed by David Moore at Merriam Shoals Studio May through October 2013. All songs by Folkicide (ASCAP) Copyright 2014.
All songs were composed and performed by Folkicide (ASCAP).
Recorded and engineered by David Moore at his Merriam Shoal Studio here and there between July and August of 2011.
A punk musician by proclivity and an artist by inevitability, Burnie Booth began creating his primitivist collages as album covers for Folkicide, his performing moniker since 2007.
Folkicide’s music is an acoustically violent, folk driven exploration of extreme pessimism, despair and the nightmare of existence. He feels his music has found a logical visual extension in the piecemeal medium of collage.
Over the years Booth’s collages have been displayed on the walls of various KC bars and music stores as well as a Saint Louis pop up art show. In 2013 filmmaker Mikal Shapiro produced the Folkicide animated music video entitled Empire of the Ants utilizing Booth’s collage imagery. His art will also be featured on the cover of the upcoming Kool 100s record.
For more of his art follow him at: www.facebook.com/Folkicide
For more Folkicide music: folkicide.bandcamp.com/music
A great specter is looming over the art world: the specter of Inter|Sekt. For far too long we have watched the artists of our generation turned into a disposable commodity, bought and sold by the galleries, stifled in their expression by the tastes of the art consultants who purchase pieces on behalf of financially minded clients who want a "solid investment".
They have been amalgamated into schools, said schools are a device of gallerists and art historians to divide and conquer the creatives and free thinkers.
For we live in a nation which thinks itself to be free yet is not, they expect the same of their artists.
Our culture has been raped and plundered by the upper echelon, picked apart and sold by the same greed mongers who claim to be it's patrons. The tool which has most effectively stunted the growth of modern American art in particular is the clever indoctrination of this idea of schools to not only the art student but anyone whom even reads a brief survey of the history of art sees that it is broken up into these categorized schools; the philosophies of these various sects creates conflict, division, and ultimately destruction of the morale and submission to the established order. Thus rendering the creative spirit confused and useless.
This helps curb the rebellious spirit of the average citizen outside of the art world in other spheres of society.
Art history is a lie and galleries are dens of thieves!
Inter|Sekt is not destroying the schools or the galleries, we are simply showing you they were never real, at least not in a world outside of that constructed by academics to sell text books to art students.
The reign of the gallerists and art consultants is over when you want it to be.
From the ashes of the indoctrinated schools of every form of art shall arise The New World Creative.
-Steven Lee Matz-
The inter|sekt manifesto
Gus Romero IV