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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Autism Rocks - an Art Show at Passionflower Design

It was about one year ago that the folks from Kindtree approached us about having an art show in our upstairs space. At that time, it was glorified storage and we thought, "Why Not?". One year later and here they are - the featured artists Stephen Peeler & Mary Minn Sirag - both Stephen & Mary have autism. I don't know much about autism but after seeing the show, I can venture some guesses..........Because despite their stylistic differences, I think Stephen & Mary's works both share some qualities.

One is an almost horror vacuii - (translated from the Latin this means fear of empty spaces) -
the show is more installation than gallery. They worked among all our beds and pillows and chairs and I heard a little tap, tap, tap going all morning. The space is now more or less, wall to wall art. I love it.
Above is a diptych of Mary's. It's a beautiful pen and ink drawing of a lichen.

And these were my favorite pieces in the show - the etch a sketch drawings.

My first impulse was to protect them......they were so ephemeral and fragile and yet there is a huge level of concentration and the ability to be managing a couple of different things at the same time.

Here's Stephen's masterpiece - Serial Killers and Mass Murderers - this is a fairly large piece done in graphite pencil. Again, an almost obsessive concentration is visible.

Remember him?

I love the font he's using.

And here's a colored pencil piece of Stephen's. It's not really my subject matter and I can't really relate but I can admire the pencil work.......
It's been really fun for us having this show upstairs.

And even more fun for the artists are these little orange dots which mean sold. They sold 9 pieces during the show opening!!!!! Good for them. The show will be up through the end of October. And click here to find out more about Kindtree - an organization that supports people with autism. They represent the work of almost 40 artists, sell original work, and also sell holiday cards.

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