Jive Ass Bird, from the Rag Man Series, by John Outterbridge, 1971

John Outterbridge Jive Ass Bird, from the Rag Man Series, 1971

Medium: Mixed media
Dimensions: 22 1/4 x 31 x 12 1/2 in. (56.5 x 78.7 31.8 cm)
Credit Line: The Greg and Diane Pitts Family Collection. Photo by Ed Glendinning

Jive Ass Bird is a sculpture of discarded cloth and rags, stuffed with material, stretched and attached by a leather strap to a wooden rod at its base. With Outterbridge's creation of Jive Ass Bird, we see an emergent interest in sacks, cloth, and supple, tactile materials. The series also recalls a figure from his earlier years in the South and Midwest, the ragman, who would travel the city to collect cast-off clothes for reuse and resale.

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"Jive Ass Bird, from the Rag Man Series." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960"1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016. https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/art/jive-ass-bird-from-the-rag-man-series.