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Slideshow: The Art of Alex Masket

Alex Masket is a severely autistic 23-year-old who lives with his family in the suburbs of New York City. Alex is functionally nonverbal, but he has been fortunate enough to have a family willing to do everything in their power to help him find his voice in other ways. As crucial as this support has proven to be, it is ultimately Alex’s extraordinary artistic gifts—and his equally extraordinary force of will in wielding them—that have led to the works built out of everything from Legos to duct tape. In our May-June 2010 issue, we feature an interview with Masket's parents, reprinted from the art journal Esopus. Here's a closer look at some of his work: