[NetBehaviour] Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Jun 25 11:50:48 CEST 2013

Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist.

His story is one shrouded in mystery, almost lost forever, intertwined 
with secret societies, hidden codes, otherworldly theories and seemingly 
impossible inventions before his time. Unseen for decades and salvaged 
by a junk dealer in the 1960s from a trash heap outside a house in 
Texas, his entire body of work would later go on to marvel the 
intellectual world. But during his lifetime, Charles Dellschau had only 
been known as the grouchy local butcher.

In 1969, used furniture dealer Fred Washington bought 12 large discarded 
notebooks  from a garbage collector, where they found a new home in his 
warehouse under a pile of dusty carpets. In 1969, art history student, 
Mary Jane Victor, was scouring through his bazaar of castaways when she 
came upon the mysterious works of a certain Charles Dellschau. Inside 
the scrapbooks she discovered a remarkable collection of strange 
watercolours and collage pieces. More than 2,500 intricate drawings of 
flying machines alongside cryptic newspaper clippings filled the pages, 
crudely sewn together with shoelaces and thread.


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