"LOOKING OUT: The Self-Taught Art of Larry Bissonnette"

June 5 through August 29, 2015
The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery will be closed Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Opening reception: Sunday, June 28, 1 pm

Mini Film Festival: Sunday, June 28, 3 pm in FlynnSpace
The 3-film "festival" includes Larry Bissonnette's My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2005); I am in here. A View of My Daily Life with Good Suggestions for Improvement From My Intelligent Mind (2012), a movie written by Mark Utter, Directed by Emily Anderson and Jim Heltz; and Gayleen (1984), Jay Craven's documentary film that explores the wonderful world of Vermont outsider artist Gayleen Aiken.

Accessibility info: AD + ASL available for June 28. To request, call 802-652-4505 by June 15.

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The Flynn Center has created a "social story" specifically for this gallery exhibition of Looking Out: The Self-Taught Art of Larry Bissonnette. A social story provides visual and written scenarios and suggestions of what someone might encounter in a specific situation, and helps to work through possible responses and solutions if that scenario causes anxiety, or is new and unfamiliar. Social stories are often used with individuals on the autism spectrum to prepare them for a new or potentially challenging experience. We hope this social story is helpful in preparing for a trip to see the art of Larry Bissonnette in the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center!

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Vermont self-taught artist Larry Bissonnette creates bold, energetic works that are at once highly personal and an invitation to marvel and engage. The Milton-based painter is also a world-traveled spokesman for autism and the subject of two documentaries that examine his life and art through the lens of ability v. disability. Yet as Bissonnette affirms, his work has less to do with his autism than with his boundless, creative spirit. He is, foremost, an artist, one whose work resides in Lausanne, Switzerland's famed Musée de l'Art Brut among other collections. And that is the light in which this exhibit is presented. His large canvases – many made as memory paintings – become spaces for reflection, the exploration of color and form, and a dialog not only with those he has met and known (who figure prominently in his works) but with the viewer. Showcasing select pieces on loan from private collectors, the G.R.A.C.E. gallery in Hardwick, and Bissonnette's Burlington studio, "Looking Out" at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery will be the first major solo retrospective of this important Vermont artist, who has chosen not to let disability define himself or his art.

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Photo credit: Pascal Cheng

Vermont Arts Council

The 2014-2015 Exhibition Season is generously supported by Amy E. Tarrant. This exhibit is also supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council; the Vermont Community Foundation; The Courtney and Victoria Buffum Family Foundation; and by a three-year grant from the Surdna Foundation for disability related programming and education.

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