Pure Vision Arts, New York City’s premier art studio and exhibition space for adults with intellectual disabilities, is thrilled to present the work of PVA’s veteran artists Leon McCutcheon, Simone Johnson, Eric Sadowsky and Chase Ferguson. Curated by Summertime Gallery, themes of longing, nostalgia, sorrow, humor and devotion run throughout this work. Our presentation will lovingly offer a snapshot into the inner worlds of these four New York City based artists. Leon, Simone, Eric and Chase will be present at the fair and advisors in the creation of the booth, allowing fans to get a fuller sense of who they are as artists and creative visionaries.
Leon McCutcheon (b. 1959)
Leon McCutcheon is a lifelong Manhattanite. His parents, a jazz musician and a milliner, exposed him to the arts from an early age. Fashion and music figure prominently in his work, which is also influenced by memories of family visits to South Carolina. A political activist and advocate, McCutcheon has emerged as a spokesperson on disability issues and has made speaking appearances including WNYC’s Leonard Lopate radio show. His work has been exhibited at The Mayor’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities; Art Enables; The American Folk Art Museum; La Esquina; Metropolitan West; Puck Building; The Autism Museum; The Outsider Art Fair; Pure Vision Arts; and others.
Simone Johnson (b. 1971)
Simone Johnson lives in Staten Island, NY and commutes to PVA four days a week, leaving before dawn. Her whimsical and imaginative art primarily depicts New York bodega cats surrounded by colorful depictions of deli products, usually around a theme like Thanksgiving, Italian food, or classic Goya products. Simone is the unofficial International Bodega Cat Queen of Instagram, where her posts immediately draw hundreds of likes and fans include well known artists and illustrators. Simone is also a belly dancer and writer and her love of dancing has been featured in The New York Daily News. Her work has been exhibited at The Mayor’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities; Art Enables; The Outsider Art Fair; SPeerpunt de Kunst Museum; The NY Transit Museum; Columbia University; The American Folk Art Museum; Penny Hotel; Pure Vision Arts; and private collections.
Chase Ferguson (b. 1988)
Chase Ferguson is a Harlem based artist and sculptor with a lifelong passion for transportation. Using his ingenuity, dexterity, and memory for detail, Chase creates his paper sculptures of cars, buses, and trains with a unique methodology that he continues to perfect. In 2013, the New York Transit Museum acquired one of Chase’s train sculptures for their permanent collection. His work has been exhibited at The Mayor’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities; The Outsider Art Fair; Autism Museum; The Museum of Modern Art; Pioneer Works; The Curator Gallery; Art Enables; NY Transit Museum; The American Folk Art Museum; Penny Hotel; The Autism Museum; Rumplestiltskin Gallery; Pure Vision Arts; and others.
Eric Sadowsky (b. 1991)
Eric Sadowsky lives in Brooklyn, NY. Eric began drawing at the age of three, utilizing art to communicate his thoughts and feelings when language fell short. He began attending PVA in 2012, and his drawings often reference imagery from his imagination — from soft serve ice cream, camels with ponytails and sneakers to summer thunderstorms. Eric's drawings have a distinctive, graphic, Pop Art quality to them, and a unique color palette of neon and pastel. His signature criers memorialize celebrities, friends and family who have died or moved away, each tear signifying the number of years they lived. His work has been exhibited at The NY Transit Museum; The Gallery at Ace Hotel; Center 548; Rockland Center for the Arts; The Outsider Art Fair; Three Sixty; Sheen Center for Thought and Culture Gallery; Holland Tunnel Gallery; , V°LITION gallery/Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts; Google Global Headquarters; Make Studio; 824 Madison Avenue; Penny Hotel; and private collections.
Pure Vision Arts
144-61 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing NY 11354