The inventor of the first IQ test, Alfred Binet, proposed that chess players have superior memory and imagination. The French psychologist said that visual memory and visual perception enhance problem-solving ability.
With this in mind, one can easily see the transition from chess to art. The recent opening of Michael H. Reed’s exhibit at DuBuisson Gallery in Olde Towne features a chess set that Reed has labored over for a couple of years. The pieces were inspired by characters in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad,” also known as “Song of the Ilium,” thus combining literature, art and game play.
Heroes have always loomed large in Reed’s life, beginning with Superman when he was a child. Superman’s primacy in comic books led Reed to obsess over sequential art in high school and ultimately at Savannah College of Art and Design.
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