Last summer, he went to the “Big Swanky” art camp in the Paseo Arts District, documenting the work of the adult artists with autism who were painting and preparing for an art show.
Davis said he saw artists with autism have flashes of brilliance that fascinated him.
“There is so much going on inside these kids that we don't see,” Davis said.
“We only see the disability, but there is a whole world going on in them and it comes out in these wonderful moments and then we get a glimpse of them. It is beautiful and inspiring and you really learn a lot.”
Blose likes to work with plastic credit cards, gift cards and floppy discs. Davis said he asked Blose why he uses those for a canvas.
“He (Blose) started telling me about how there is so much waste with everyday plastic and how it all ends up in the landfill. He uses these credit cards and plastic to promote recycling.”
Davis said he has spent several months on “Swanky.”
“We're really just billing this as a community piece to really open people's eyes to what people with autism have to offer,” Davis said.
“They have something to share and a perspective about the world that is fresh and original. I hope people will be able to see that. We usually think of kids with autism, but these kids grow up and they become adults.”
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Autism Oklahoma plans more creative projects for adults with autism who are interested in art, executive director Melinda Lauffenburger said. The second “Big Swanky” art camp and show is planned for summer 2013. For more information, go to www.