I'm honored and excited to share this new project with you. On August 24th at the Kai Lin Art Gallery in Atlanta, we will be hosting a one-night art show titled DRIVE, to benefit ALS research. The pieces exhibited during the show were created by a good friend of mine, Steve Dezember II. In August 2011, at the age of 28, Steve was diagnosed with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The disorder is characterized by; rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and fasciculations, muscle spasticity, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, and a decline in breathing ability. With the assistance from myself and his amazing wife Hope Cross Dezember, Steve crafted these one-of-kind pieces by driving his electric wheelchair across blank canvas with paint-covered wheels. We chose to title this show “drive”, not only because of the method as to how the paintings were made, but because of Steve’s unbelievable ambition and determination to keep fighting. We look forward to seeing you all there. If anyone is interested in lending a hand with the show, just send me a personal message. To learn more about Steve and to be inspired, visit hopeforsteve.com.
“There are two things that this disease could never take from me, my ability to love and cherish, unconditionally, and my ability to make art” - Steve Dezember II