The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ~~ Aristotle
Seen from the philosopher’s perspective, visual artists whose life experiences with mental of physical challenges are uniquely equipped to create art that represents the inward significance of things. This is the vision that inspires two related and unique art exhibits ongoing and forthcoming in this area.
“Brushed Back to Life: Healing from Illness through Intuitive Painting and Poems” reflects the artistic work of a single artist, Ron Duffy. A well-known figure in the worlds of politics and business, Duffy contracted Lyme Disease in 2010. Depressed and discouraged, he turned to art, written and visual, to lift his spirits.
The artistic expression of Duffy’s evolving feelings – anger, isolation, then hope, joy and peace – are on exhibit at the University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library as part of a rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibition series. Open through September the exhibit includes 34 paintings and 31 poems Duffy has created, now shared with visitors to the Library. For details including map, parking, hours click, http://campusmaps.umn.edu/diehl-hall
The work of mentally or physically challenged artists is also the focus of ZagZum, a division of Imagine a World Productions. Recently ZagZum has issued a call for physically or mentally challenged artists to share their visual work in a unique public exhibit. The exhibit is the highlight of a day-long conference to discuss art and disabilities set for Saturday, September 10, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Planners invite visual artists with disabilities to submit work for display and sale. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, September 7; submission details on everything from framing to size to selling original art are posted here: (http://www.zagzum.org)
The ZagZum program on Saturday, September 10, also features a packed agenda of speakers and discussion. The day will conclude with an evening reception at the Convention Center. Attendees at the exhibit, program and/or reception will be asked to make a free will donation.