The Suffolk Art League will present the first place winner of the 2021 Suffolk Art League Annual Exhibition John Alan Stock solo show Mental landscapes.
The show brings together several series, all of which are derived from brain/mind/sensation.
In his artist statement, Stock states, “A tragic fall at the age of twelve (12) damaged the spatial intelligence center of my brain. It was 1957, and neuroscientists at the time believed that this complex function could not be restored. But a medical therapist, ahead of her time, took charge of my case, and in 4 years I regained 90% visual acuity, although restored in another part of my brain.
“I became both an architect and an artist. My journey to rebuild my spatial intelligence has greatly broadened my perspective on my journey and I have learned to understand the potential of what is possible. And suddenly, my creative instincts evolved, let’s say, in an abstract way.
“As an architect, there was always a client’s needs to serve. As an artist, I have always been the first customer. Art is above all a selfish journey.
Stock, who lives in Virginia Beach, graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in fine arts.
Stock has exhibited his work in numerous solo and small group exhibitions as well as over 100 juried exhibitions. Her work has been included in exhibitions in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, including three Smithsonian Institute juried exhibitions.
This exhibition will be on view at the Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave., from July 22 to August 19.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.