Article in the Brown University student newspaper, the College Hill Independent, about the collaboration. Published Nov 2, 2012
“How to Make a Print with your Autistic Savant Brother” assumes that you, after viewing this instructional video, have all the knowledge and know-how to make a print with your autistic savant brother. This video kicks off with a local TV news story featuring Gavin, known as the Rainman of Birmingham, Michigan. First presented at the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference, March 15, 2012, in New Orleans.
At the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, June 25, 2011. Gavin brings his spiral notebook.
An installation of 18 framed embossed prints, “Dark Woods, Light Woods” and a vitrine of Gavin’s recent notebook writings and typings, plus curators’ Amy Chaloupka and Leslie Umberger’s thoughtfully written wall texts. Also included in this show-within-a-larger-show about memory were wonderful drawings by Gregory Blackstock, George Widener, Mark Fox, and Katerina Šedá, and our collaboration was exhibited in a room along with witty and memorable image/text drawings by the self-reflective artworld cipher (and New York acquaintance), William Powhida.
Gavin Christie records
What Gavin Christie remembers
In meticulous lists
From forty year old television listings
To roadside details of highways traveled
Leona Christie translates
Gavin’s original documents into archival prints
Gavin’s artistic value
Meet the parents in Sheboygan, who came in their own car and arrived a few hours earlier. At the hotel suite, we upload the day’s photos onto my laptop and Gavin enjoys taking photographs from the monitor with his digital camera. (Also: his hotel room number)