From the Blog of La vita Alessandria

From the Blog of La vita Alessandria

Jon Sarkin: Born in Hillside, NJ, 1953. He was a chiropractor for many years and one day in 1998 while golfing, he suffered a brain hemorrhage and a stroke that nearly killed him. To save him, the doctors removed part of his cerebellum. He became a changed man, emerging with a changed personality and a great compulsion to create artwork.

Mr. Sarkin and Dan King have been friends for a number of years.

Dan asked if we could visit Jon’s studio and he kindly agreed to a tour:

There is art everywhere and in many formats–on old pieces of cardboard, slips of paper, pieces of wood…you name it. Everything becomes a canvas.

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We wandered from room to room taking it all in. He enthusiastically spoke of his current, and future projects as we sorted through his works….

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This piece caught my eye as well as Kim’s. It’s a compilation of quotes by George Bernard Shaw.

Dan King acted as our go between. He approached Mr. Sarkin and asked if he would sell us the “Shaw” piece. It was destined for a showing that he will be doing in Ireland later this year.

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Lucky for us, he did agree to sell the piece.
His comment: “I’ll just do something else.” I don’t know if it will ever become Picassoesque; I really don’t care. It was just very wonderful to meet him and have him allow us into his world for a bit of time. Like Mr. Picasso, Mr. Sarkin MUST produce art–some we understand, some we don’t. But what a wonderful thing that people like Pablo and Jon can express themselves and the rest of us can find intrigue and emotional releases from their expressions.

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Barbara said…

Fascinating post! Jon Sarkin’s work looks really interesting, and the inclusion of words and letters throughout his work reminds me of the work of artists at Gateway Arts in Brookline. The artists, who are mentally/psychiatrically/developmentally disabled, produce a wide range of “outsider art.” Gateway is a studio as well as gallery and shop for them to sell their work. (I am a volunteer on their Board.) Anyway, I like Sarkin’s style very much, and let me know if he has a local (Massachusetts) show.

January 23, 2011 5:26 AM