The artworks of artists with autism serve as inspiration for the functional merchandise in Design, Art, Autism, a collaborative presentation produced by Unilab Foundation (ULF) and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), on Thursday, June 15.
The exhibit will feature the paintings of Jorel Alegre, Vico Cham, Julyan Harrison, Chico Joaquin, Samantha Kaspar, Karl Oliveros, Muneer Pena, and Daniel Sanchez.
It will likewise include text and videos aimed to inform the viewers on basic information about autism, the latest developments in research and scientific findings about the condition, and will discuss the practice of art therapy, and the role it plays in their development. All of these are geared toward fostering awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with autism.
As a response, the students of Benilde’s Fashion Design and Merchandising, Industrial Design, and Architecture programs will explore the patterns, colors, shapes, forms and symbols from the pieces to create furniture and decorative objects, garments and jewelry, footwear and bags, grills and lighting fixtures, and even toys.
The event is made possible through the college’s Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) and the Center for Campus Art (CCA).
CCA Director Architect Gerry Torres said the exhibit will introduce the artists to the design world, as well as exposure to its community to new possibilities in the realm of merchandise.
“A part of the show will be dedicated to organizations that work with Persons with Disability (PWD),” he added. “These initiatives have enabled their employment, and have made higher education more accessible. Individuals like their art coaches, teachers, siblings and most especially their parents, who play vital roles in the development of the artists, will be highlighted.”
Design, Art, Autism will be on display from June 16 to July 29 at the SDA Gallery, 12th floor De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila.