Creativity in an Uncreative Place
Thursday, June 4, 1pm
Dave Gussak, Professor for Florida StateUniversity's Graduate Art Therapy Program and Project Coordinator of the FSU/FL-DOC Art Therapy in Prisons Program, will explore the concept of Art as Therapy in a presentation entitled “Creativity in Uncreative Places” through Eddy Mumma’s work, and an exhibition of the work of several prison inmates, including “The Candy Man". The Candy Man was incarcerated alongside one of Florida’s Highwaymen Painters, and through this relationship inspired to paint. He produced exquisite Florida landscapes using the materials he had at hand: pigments made from M&M candy shells, brushes made from his own hair, file folders as his painting ground, and floor wax to “varnish” his pieces. Other artists featured in the exhibition used shoe polish, trash bags, cardboard, and other found objects to make their contraband works of art. Dave Gussak will explore the therapeutic benefits of art making for artists like Mumma and The Candy Man, and the human drive to create that can flourish in unlikely circumstances and elevate the reality of the creator despite limitation imposed by the environment.