Thursday, February 21, 2008

A different drum

Will Schade is a new artist to me, and an interesting one. His work--often tied to animals and/or religious themes--takes what seems like a childish, naive viewpoint. At the same time there's off-color wit and an obsessive approach to craft. A feature article on him in Linda Weintraub's In the Making revelas that he is severely dyslexic, and works the resultant misspellings into his pictures. To be honest, most of these wouldn't have raised much of an eyebrow in Shakespeare's time. Still, something about the work of the artist is illuminated here. You use whatever gifts you have, whether or not they seem like gifts at all.

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