Through a Glass, Lightly

Inner city art and transformation of environment, society, and self
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Film Length(s)
20 mins
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This program about "outsider art" profiles three, self-taught Chicagoans. Each is a seeker--and discoverer--of hidden possibilities: in things thrown away, abandoned places, anonymous people, their younger selves.


Through a Glass, Lightly follows Mr. Imagination, David Philpot, and Kevin Orth as they search Chicago's streets and alleys for the raw materials of their art. It shows how they transform unwanted, discarded objects into color, form, texture; images and ideas; craft and art. The artists reveal how African and other cultures have shaped their vision and how they transformed themselves into artists. They talk of seeing differently, appreciating the world around us, and having relationships with people and the environment that are "more careful and loving and sacred."

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