Right now at the university's Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Braille paintings of Guy Cobb are being exhibited. If you get a chance to go, I definitely recommend it. When Cobb started painting he was interested in color therapy for individuals suffering from depression and mental illnesses. In continuing this, he started creating paintings for the blind and visually impaired. They are amazing. The attention to detail and texture is incredible. It's an amazing experience to go, close your eyes and try to comprehend what it's like to experience art without sight. One other interesting element is that he includes oversized grade 1 Braille dots on all of his work to further the experience and give better understanding.
- Abbey Trescott (blog post for my paintings at the University of Missouri's Museum of Art & Architecture)
Adjacent to the galleries displaying Driven is an exhibit about Guy Cobb, a Missouri artist who designed his Braille series to be seen and touched by observers. His work combines both bright colors and detailed textures.
One piece, "Braille 'america'", is a creation of the American flag. The work includes different layers that allow the viewer to touch the painting, feel the stripes, feel the stars in the left-hand corner background and feel where everything is placed.
"If somebody said the stars and stripes to you and you couldn't see, you could make all sorts of combinations with that," Callaway said. "There are parallel lines, red and white and stars against a blue background in the left-hand corner. But the fact that somebody can go touch this flag, I just think that's fantastic."
Trevor Eischen - The Maneater.com
We ventured to The Museum of Art and Archeology yesterday to view an artist named Guy Cobb. He creates paintings for the visually impaired and it was a wonderful experience for the boys. And what a really great thing to do! You can't touch paintings at art museums. Except Guy Cobb's paintings. That's one of his paintings below that Lucas is feeling. He had a great time reading braille on the paintings as well.
No need to fear angry security guards at this exhibit; visitors are encouraged to touch the paintings. Guy Cobb paints subjects, such as the American flag, with acrylic paint, and his Braille dots are for the blind and sighted. — H.H.
"Guy's exhibit for the blind was the most discussed exhibit we have ever had."
Brother Robert Werle, Curator, Christian Brothers University
'Down in the Valley of Rural Violence' is typical of what Cobb calls his 'thorn paintings.' His use of tortured metal, abstract forms and an overlay of projecting thorns all combine in this and the other paintings in the series to produce statements of anger and frustration. An environment that should be peaceful, pastoral, and filled with the beauty of nature is invaded and degraded by human corruption. These paintings seem to cry out in protest . . ." This exhibit is of interest, and more importantly, Guy Cobb is an artist worth watching. He could well become a real force on the regional art scene
John Simmons - The Springfield News-Leader
...incorporating barbed wire, locust tree thorns and arrow tips, and painted on metal sheets that have been blasted with shotgun pellets, Cobb's works are unsettling, disquieting, and impossible to ignore.
Camille Howell - The Springfield News-Leader