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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 crayons.

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.
  • Monsters of the Deep
  • Major Forestry Pests
  • The Great Cabbage Family
  • The Spatulas
  • The World War II U.S. Bombers
  • The Buoys
  • King Sized Jails
  • Monsters of the Past
  • Classical Clowns
  • Great Italian Roosters
  • Our State Lighthouses
  • The Irish Joys

  • Foreword by Darold A. Treffert, MD
    Introduction by Karen Light-Pina

    Staff Review:
    Gregory Blackstock is an artistic savant. He spent most of his life as a pot washer and kept meticulous lists of just about everything. This collection is divided into sections like Tools, Aviation, and Things to Wear. These are not just lists of words, though. Gregory illustrates the list. His drawings are beautiful and detailed giving you the feeling of exactly what he was looking at. I think my favorite list is the shoes. It seems to cover everything!
    -Lauren Eichelberger, Atomic Books Blog

    Additional Information

    Author Gregory L. Blackstock
    Publisher Princeton Architectural Press
    Page Count 144pp
    Publication Size 5.75 x 9.5
    Publication Notes Paperback, Color
    Publication Date July 2006
    ISBN 978-1568985794

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