Jack Carl Anderson is diagnosed with ASD and through his autism is gifted in the use of color, placement, and design.
Mr. Anderson is descended from Swedish great grandparents who immigrated to North America. Now living full time in Mérida, Mexico, he owns and operates a large contemporary gallery and painting studio with his partner, Michael Tolleson Robles.
My Diabolic Language Through Art
As I pour emotion – despair, hope, longing, nostalgia, loneliness – onto a canvas, I draw from a deep well that is very real to me. The objective end result, however, is inert media arranged in pattern and form.
All very real. All grounded in reality.
And yet I believe not. There is an ambiguity, an element of the unsaid in the art I create. Enough left out to allow for the existence of a reality apart – the illusion of a world that is real, yet separate from the ‘real world’. It is my task as the artist to create that illusion, to lead others into this world of the uncanny - a world at once familiar yet strange.
For this to happen, the work of art must be brought to life. I want very much for people to identify in some way with the painting. I also want them to exert some effort. To participate, they must feel compelled in some way to reach within and find their own story in the canvas. A sudden realization of what has brought them to this moment. A desire to be more. A glimpse of their ideal self. Seduction.
I find that people are dying to be seduced. They want to be led astray, swept off their feet, and taken on a journey by someone who knows the way. They want to venture into a strange land, a place harboring a vague, golden promise. They want to surrender -if only momentarily – and experience the luxury of being deceived. To enter into that deception requires severing the emotional, mental, and temporal attachments to mundane, banal reality.
Though inspired by real places and experiences, what I create does not stand in for anything that is real.
Ultimately, I have discovered that illusion need not be confined to the pleasant to be attractive. Dark emotions, disturbing images, nightmares … these have their appeal. From the summits of the sublime to the darkness of the profane, there is no lack of raw material. With no need to hold back I am able to reach others through visual persuasion, by opening secret doors to their individual psychology while simultaneously acknowledging our shared, basic human emotions.