US, Brent Bumgarner & Chris Johnson, Cyberspace Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement uS is the pseudonym for the Conceptual/ Outsider Art duo of Brent Bumgarner and Chris Johnson. Bumgarner, a blind quadriplegic from an automobile accident in 1999, uses an usb pen with his mouth to draw, type, trace, and paint. Johnson collaborates in a technical advisor capacity.
The childhood friends formed uS in 2005 from a convalescent home in Asheville, NC after an argument while trying to write an email with speech recognition software. Since then they've created hundreds of works, published a book, and started a non-profit organization to support stem cell research. Proceeds support stem cell research.