“Studies in Brotherly Love,” is a collection of four poets responding to the art of Malcolm Corley. This hand bound, limited edition artist book is designed by Jaz Graf. Poets responding to Malcolm’s work are disability activists Lateef McLeod and DJ Savarese, and University of Iowa MFA graduates Jorrell Watkins and Claretta Holsey.

At the age of three, Malcolm Corley (b. 1999) was diagnosed with autism. At about the same time, he began to draw the sketches from the TV show, Blues Clues. Recreations of Dr. Seusss illustrations came next, some of which he drew from memory. In February, 2019, his sketch Jazz Hands was published in Hot Metal Bridge, and eight of his portraits were published in Up the Staircase. Kiana appeared on the Fusion Art website in March, 2019; two months later, Closet was published in Penn Review. His art has been shown at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA, and two juried international exhibits/sales: Art of Possibility at the Courage Kenny Rehab Center in Minneapolis and the 2019 and 2020 Art Ability Exhibitions at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, where one of his pieces received an honorable mention prize. In addition, he has had solo shows at the Winter Center and the Emerald Foundation, also in Lancaster. He is a nominee for Lancaster PAs 2021 Black Artist Waystation Project. Untitled #1, an acrylic painting Malcolm created in AP Art class at Hempfield High School, was one of 15 works chosen by The Kennedy Centers 2019 VSA program. Malcolm was the youngest artist to be recognized, and the only one with no post-secondary art training. Untitled #1 was also chosen, along with Hoodie Self-portrait, for the CRIP Ritual art show in Toronto, Ontario, currently scheduled for January, 2022. Untitled #1 formed the T in an installation of the word UNITY at the Kennedy Center from January-February, 2021.

Details about the book construction from artist Jaz Graf: Malcolms Self-Portrait is translated and reproduced as a gold screen print on deep blue bookcloth covers. The image is printed about life-size. The image was split so that the portion of his face in the light is on the front cover, and the shadow portion continues to the back cover. Thus, when the reader opens/enters the book, it is a bit like going within this portrait. The interior covers are screen printed with a version of Malcolm’s leaves drawing – gold ink on burgundy linen paper interiors. It is a 4 hole stab-binding with bright red nylon string.

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