Many artists work their entire careers to create work that connects to some elemental part of their psyche.
Daniel Maysonet and Jim Bilger do so almost as a matter of instinct, eschewing filters, fuss and artifice to create paintings that directly reflect their questions and concerns about the world.
If one goal of art is to highlight the infinite complexity and unpredictability of the human brain, then an exhibition of new work by these two artists with autism clearly fits the bill. "Hey Look: Paintings by Daniel Maysonet and Jim Bilger" is on view in the Argus Gallery, a new outfit on Niagara Street that fosters emerging artists.
Maysonet's paintings, according to a release, feature "mysterious imagery" including "summer sunshine, flowers, people in the artist's life and his name -- boldly painted in exuberant, confident brushstrokes."
Bilger, by contrast, makes works based on his preoccupation with certain words and numbers, and connections between them that are inscrutable to many of us.
"Bilger’s paintings guide the viewer through his world, where each calendar date coordinates with a number, letter, and color," the statement reads. "He has the ability to create monthly calendars of years past and future, numerically correct to the day."
"Hey Look: Paintings by Daniel Maysonet and Jim Bilger": Through Jan. 12 in Argus Gallery, 1896 Niagara St. Visit facebook.com/argusgallery.