20/20 Blindsight by Busser Howell20/20 Blindsight by Busser Howell

20/20 Blindsight

byBusser Howell

Paperback | January 1, 2016

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At the age of fifteen, Busser Howell lost 98 percent of his vision. At the age of forty he lost the remaining 2 percent. Were the story to end there you would likely not be entirely shocked as this type of circumstance is not that uncommon. But this is not the whole story—not by a long shot. You see, Howell is an artist—a painter, to be exact. And prior to being a professional, working artist in New York City he was a partner and worked twenty-four years in an interior design and restoration business. Possibly even more amazing than his breaking of our stereotypes of the blind is the fact that he is not alone. Interviewing other blind artists to discover each person’s particular point of view and what kind of descriptions work for them, author and blind artist Busser Howell’s debut is an extraordinary look into a world never before seen or understood from the point of view of the visually challenged. Beginning by examining the concepts of creativity, perception, touch, and accessibility, Howell engages the vibrant, boundless minds of fifteen visually impaired artists to mine their thoughts, feelings, and understanding to piece together a common thread of experience. It is the artists telling their story, their preferences and dislikes, and their ability, despite their blindness, to tap into sight’s brain-based function to see and comprehend our world and its contents. An enlightening and fascinating journey into the artistic process as seen by those whose vision is either severely impaired or altogether absent, Howell’s impressive collection of writings and interviews is a probing examination of the artistic process and the nature of art itself. Evocative and inspiring, Blindsight is a deeply moving passage that documents the journey of visual artists as they transition from the visual input of the outside world to the output of their inner vision transcending blindness into the light of creativity.

Busser Howell is a professional, working artist living in New York City. His paintings have been exhibited in California, New Mexico, Ohio, Florida, and New York as well as Spain, Italy, and Canada and have had museum exhibitions at the Morgan Museum in Lexington, Kentucky, Museum of the Permian Basin in Texas, the New Britain Museum o...
Title:20/20 BlindsightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.58 inPublished:January 1, 2016Publisher:Busser HowellLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0692633030

ISBN - 13:9780692633038

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Table of Contents

ContentsIntroduction 1PART ONE 7Creativity 9Perception 13Touch 19Accessibility 25PART TWO: Interviews 29John Bramblitt 31Alison Jones 39Passel Helminski 53Alice Wingwall 65Sharon McConnell 77Braldt Bralds 93Bruce Hall 105David Simpson 119Tara Innmon 129Pete Eckert 141Juliette Silvers 149Katherine Kadish 153Kurt Weston 165Michael Gieschen 281Scott Nelson 189Conclusion 199

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus ReviewsPart art book, part sociological text, Howell's debut boldly presents itself as "the voice of the blind and low-vision" in the artistic community, providing numerous firsthand sources to illuminate the accomplishments and hardships of visually impaired artists. Howell, a professional artist whose vision has been impaired since his teens, brings his own experiences to a series of interviews with 15 of his peers, from journeyman artists and appreciators to better-known figures such as Braldt Bralds and Bruce Hall. The result is an honest study of how the blind and low-vision both engage with their creativity and explore other artists' work.