GREGORY L. BLACKSTOCK (1946 | USA)

The Seattle autistic artist Gregory L. Blackstock began drawing regularly in his mid-40s, studying the world around his like an anthropologist. He has a prodigious memory for visual objects, musical tone and compositions, and foreign languages. He learns of his world by replicating it, subject by subject, piece by piece. For Blackstock the world is made up of countless things which need to be identified and ordered.

He reinterprets the universe in the dim light of his cluttered one-room dwelling place. With the shutters closed and the curtains drawn day and night, he withdraws into the silent seclusion of his at once living and working quarters.

Blackstock worked for twenty-five years as a pot scrubber for an athletic club, rounding off his income by playing the accordion on in the street and making drawings that at times appeared in the club newspaper. Gradually, his compositions took up more and more of his time and, since his retirement in 2001, they have become part and parcel of his everyday life — a full-time, feverishly pursued activity.

GREGORY L. BLACKSTOCK (1946 | USA)

L’artista autistico Gregory L. Blackstock, nato a Seattle, ha iniziato a disegnare regolarmente a circa 40 anni, studiando il mondo intorno a sé come un antropologo. La sua memoria prodigiosa gli permette di ricordare visualmente oggetti, composizioni musicali e lingue straniere. Impara copiando ciò che vede, argomento per argomento, pezzo per pezzo. Per Blackstock il mondo è fatto di innumerevoli cose che devono essere identificate e ordinate.

Egli reinterpreta l’universo nella penombra della sua disordinata abitazione. Con le persiane chiuse e le tende tirate giorno e notte, si ritira nella solitudine silenziosa per lavorare.
Blackstock ha lavorato per venticinque anni in un club sportivo, arrotondando le entrate suonando la fisarmonica per strada e realizzando disegni sporadicamente apparsi nel giornale del club. A poco a poco le sue composizioni hanno occupato sempre più del suo tempo e, dopo il suo ritiro, nel 2001, sono diventati parte integrante della sua quotidianità, un vero e proprio lavoro eseguito a tempo pieno.

© Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
© Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
© Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
© Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
© Garde Rail Gallery, Austin
© Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
© Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
© Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

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