[Art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research] Pixel Picasso, Viet Nam, Exhibition, Wills Eye
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Meet the 'Pixel Picasso', 98, who draws stunning landscapes on Microsoft
Smith: The paintings the artist's never seen
Visitors young and old venture into the Sonoma County Museum for the
exhibit of art by people with disabilities and they marvel at the vivid
landscapes of Ken Rossi.
Then they hear he's completely blind. Mouths drop.
In the mind's eye
How much of what we see do we first imagine? A new workshop for the
visually impaired is trying to find out
Photographs by visually impaired Vietnamese
*Under a project called Photovoice, blind and visually impaired members
of the Binh Duong Blind People Association have been trained in sensory
photography techniques through which they are taught how to judge
distance, touch and smell to discover subjects.*
For 25 years, bringing art to visually impaired
Decades ago, Alice Lea Tasman was walking by her boss' office at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art when she saw a sculpture that caught her eye.
"I said, 'Bob, what's that out there?' He said it was by the visually
impaired," she recalled.
The Art Museum, she discovered, ran a program called Form in Art, which
gave art lessons to the visually impaired. Tasman, married to the man
who was then the ophthalmologist-in-chief at Wills Eye Institute, had an
Thus was born a partnership between the museum and the hospital that
just celebrated its 25th anniversary.
At the annual celebration and art exhibit at Wills Eye last month,
Tasman, 79, bought a wire sculpture of Pegasus by Michael Gieschen, who
is legally blind. Gieschen, a former graphic artist, not only sold the
sculpture to Tasman, but also was swarmed with five additional commissions.
Photos taken by visually impaired people to be displayed
The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE ) is
planning to hold an exhibition in September featuring special photos
taken by visually impaired people in the southern province of Binh Duong.
Since April, the institute, in collaboration with students from the Ho
Chi Minh City Foreign Trade University, has run a project called
Photovoice, in which the institute has handed out cameras to 10 visually
impaired people and then trained them how to capture the best moments of
their daily life. After two months of practicing, the amateur
photographers have caught moments in the most vivid way, which is
difficult for professional photographers to do.
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