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Tommy Hollenstein: Rembrandt on Wheels
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Tommy Hollenstein: Rembrandt on Wheels

here are times when one simply has to ask the question of how art makes its sound. Does it sound like the flicking of a pen, the sloshing of a brush on a canvass, the sound of thick viscous liquid swirling inside an aluminum can? Or does it sound like the whirring of a motorized wheelchair on a floor canvass?

The stern and thoughtful man who was wearing a blue hoodie pondered carefully, locked in visions he was trying to grasp. Like things caught in a whirlpool of swirling water, he was fishing for the right move to encapsulate with the use of his thumb and forefinger. Armed with the right mixture of colors, he masterfully throttled on to the next gesture. He had to be careful, as there are had been many times when the wheel, the canvass, and his mind simply disagreed. With a stroke like Rembrandt, he then moves--confident enough that there will be a consensus. 

Whirr, whirr, whirr, squeek, whirr, whirr. 

He exhales, then looks back at the product of his strokes with the stoic encumbrance of a university professor cajoling his students (or his art) to present the right words or visions at the right time. He has was a thousand works like these, created in a moment of hinged ecstasy. Finally, he assented to the creation of a sparkling blue ocean--from nothing. 

Tommy Hollenstein, has created art.

Armed with a mug of chocolate flavored oats and my own small-mindedness, I thought that wheelchair art involved decorating a wheelchair as one would prosthetic art. I am pleased in my wrongness, as it has opened to me the possibility of something far greater. In fact, Tommy Hollenstein has captured me with his work and imagination.

Apologies are due of course, as these words do not do justice to Hollenstein's striking work. He prefers to attach singular words to his work such as: "Expect", "Freedom" "Soar" or "Beyond". 

In his words:

"My career as an artist began when I wanted to save a memory of my good times with my dog Weaver. I rolled my wheelchair through some paint and had Weaver follow me. I was facinated by the lines we were able to put down. And that led to my experiments with color." InfusionGallery.com

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  1. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    I relate with a full heart on this one as I had 14.5 wonderful years with my first cat, my fur son, who I sent to fly to a better place on June 13, 2012. There is not a week that goes by that I don't think of him. I savored his pics, toys, dishes, litter pan, ect... I pay the love forward to my second cat, my fur daughter, who I adopted in July 2012. What a difference between the two, but they are my babies. They take care of Mommy too.
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    1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
      Daniel Andrei Garcia
      Thank you Susan :)
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  2. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    This is simply amazing. My daughter loves to paint and I feel this is a great way to express your inner feeling. I have visited his site and looked at his painting. He is very good for creating his feeling using his wheelchair. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I hope you will have a little time to drop by my blog and take a ride down the California highway and visit some of the sites and beaches along the way.
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    1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
      Daniel Andrei Garcia
      That would be nice Julie. I'd love that and thank you :)
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  3. Admin
    Admin
    So inspiring, Daniel! You've hit our Facebook page once again!
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    1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
      Daniel Andrei Garcia
      Thank you :) Liked it ^_^
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