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by ALLEN SCHAUFFLER / KING 5 News

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Updated yesterday at 10:58 PM

RENTON, Wash. — Every once in a while there is a news story that is truly a treat, a rare treat to work on and bring to the air. This was the case with Wil Kerner and his art.

His art, first of all, is fascinating. It’s childlike and complex at the same time – collage works full of bright colors and big shapes, one-eyed cartoon characters from a world other than ours. It’s bright, vivid, demanding; hard to walk past.

Watching him create his art is absolutely mind-blowing. Wil is just 15 years old and severely autistic. He lives outside of Renton. And he cuts paper. Constantly. His grandmother who helps with his art spends thousands of dollars a year on reams of brightly colored paper. Wil cuts relentlessly, drifting in and out of Grandmother Susan’s living room, which has been set up as a sort of walk-through studio for him.

Shapes emerge from his scissors, sheets of paper hit the floor as he snips and trims and cuts, occasionally talking or grunting to himself or others. And then it happens – you look down and there is an image, a coherent whole, a colorful collage resembling a cartoon character from another planet or a Picasso-animal or just a beautiful collection of shapes and color, Alexander Calder laid flat.

To view Wil’s collage art, go to http://www.wilspapercutouts.com/.

Read in Full:  http://www.nwcn.com/news/Renton-teen-with-autism–104117179.html



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