Blackstock’s Collections


Modern life is an ever-accelerating barrage of people, buildings,vehicles,
creatures, and things. How much can a curious mind take in? And what can it do
with all the data? Gregory L. Blackstock, a retired Seattle pot washer, draws
order out of all the chaos with a pencil, a black marker, and some

Blackstock is autistic and an artistic savant. He creates visual lists of
everything from wasps to hats to emergency vehicles to noisemakers. In the
spirit of the Outsider art of Henry Darger and Howard Finster, Blackstock makes
art that is stirring in its profusion and detail and inspiring in its simple
beauty. He has never received formal artistic training, yet his renderings
clearly and beguilingly show subtle differences and similarities—enabling the
viewer to see, for example, the distinctive features of a dolly varden, a
Pacific Coast steelhead cutthroat, and fourteen other types of trout.
Each collection is lovingly captioned in Blackstock’s unique hand with
texts that reflect facts from his research as well as his passions and
preferences. Blackstock’s Collections contains over 100 extraordinary examples
of his splendidly original taxonomy, offering a unique look inside the mind of a
man making sense of life through art.

Blackstock’s Collections:
The Drawings of an Artistic Savant  Dance in
Snapshot Chronicles  Stupid and Good Miracles Biennale Venice
"Click", said the camera, 2nd edition  Big Up
Gregory L.
Darold A. Treffert
Karen Light-Pina
ISBN 1568985797

[Thanks Chris!]
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