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1.12.06

Gregory Blackstock's Collections

Gregory Blackstock is the very peculiar illustrator of Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of An Artistic Savant, released recently by Princeton Architectural Press.

Seattle artist Gregory Blackstock catalogues a wide range of subjects (ranging from state birds to state prisons, tools to WWII bombers, and mackerel to Boeing jet liners and freight trains to insects) on varying sizes of paper. Using ink, pencil, marker, and crayola, his drawings —made from memory— are laid out in neat rows and columns, each item annotated in near obsessive detail.

Gregory Blackstock is an autistic savant, and has overcome many of the limitations of autism, retiring in 2001 after "25 1/3" years of work as a pot washer at the Washington Athletic Club (WAC). Gregory exhibits many of the remarkable traits of the autistic savant; he speaks many languages, is an incredible mimic, and is able to recall events with uncanny precision. In 1986, he began to create his drawings for the WAC monthly newsletter, which each month would feature one of Gregory's new drawings.

His originals can be purchased from the Garde Rail gallery. This text has been quoted from a recent exhibition there.

1 comment:

Alina Chau said...

Thanks for sharing the work of Blackstock. This is beautiful!

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