Blinded By the… Glaucoma

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“There’s been a paradigm shift,” Ms. Levent continued. “People are starting to accept the fact that art and imagery are mental and not visual” and that “the heart of the creative work has nothing to do with sight. Artists’ choices are internal.”

The New York Times has an article about a gallery show consisting of work done only by the legally blind. The argument and consequential proof that art comes from within and can be produced without a visual is at once insightful and provocative when thought of regarding the obvious implications and parallels of the term ‘visual art.’

(An interesting topic to look at in conjunction with the blind artist is the anomaly of the blind gallery owner. My previous employer was one of those, a great poet/novelist/man by the name of Steve Cannon who runs the Tribes Gallery in Manhattan Lower East Side. Check out this video if you want to learn more about that.)


Hans Kulla-Mader studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and is currently living in San Francisco. More from this author →