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Old 10-10-2007, 03:20 PM
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in response to the "do you make art for yourself?" threads elsewhere on the forum,

some time ago I was asked by the curator of our public gallery to get involved
in an "Art and Disability" exhibition.

The brief - - as a visual artist/sculptor I was to "explore blindness"
and present my interpretation to a sighted public.
I accepted , without thinking,

first thing.... I drank some beer with a blind mate (local radio announcer)
and a bunch of his (blind) mates.

It was made quite clear from the start that if I tried to do the
"darkened gallery and/or touchy/ feely" thing, (where the public got to be blind for a few minutes) these guys would find me and hurt me.

the end result , was simply intended to remind the sighted
of the more mundane aspects of living with this disability.

Is it sculpture? is it art? uhdohno
did I comment on something that I had no right to?

anyway. my blind mate loved it, and it upset the correct amount of sighted.
here's a few pics

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Old 10-10-2007, 03:48 PM
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Re: working blind

I like it very much! I guess the absence of color shows in a way the limitations of perception of the blind people.
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:23 PM
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Re: working blind

What I like, knowing the goal beforehand, is how some of the pieces seem to address, still using visually means, the idea of percieving what is in the picture frame with other than visual senses.
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:21 AM
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Re: working blind

I see you're from Australia, there is a great New Zealand contemporary art forum ,here's a link:
http://www.artbash.co.nz
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:01 AM
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Re: working blind

Wish I could've seen it first hand. The experience of being there is probably far more impactful then the photo's (the photo's are still nice by the way). I've tossed this idea around in my head as well. My goal as a figurative sculptor was to explore the idea of loss... the loss of sight, the loss of one arm, ect. and see what I could create. The blind one would have been a small series of portraits done blindfolded and using only my sence of touch to create the sculpts. I never got around to it.

Nice Work,

Alfred
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:56 PM
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Re: working blind

Two fistful's of clay inside a large brown bag...work in there for three hours, NO PEEKING. Make whatever the hell you want. It can train you to find the zone. Helps with focus/discipline. Eat, drink and piss before you get started. Most of the time you don't get a keeper but you might surprise yourself.
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