Crucifixion by Mati Klarwein.
‘Psychedelic art is any art or visual displays inspired by psychedelic experiences and hallucinations known to follow the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin. he word “psychedelic” (coined by British psychologist Humphrey Osmond) means “mind manifesting”. By that definition, all artistic efforts to depict the inner world of the psyche may be considered “psychedelic”. In common parlance “psychedelic art” refers above all to the art movement of the late 1960s counterculture. Psychedelic visual arts were a counterpart to psychedelic rock music. Concert posters, album covers, liquid light shows, liquid light art, murals, comic books, underground newspapers and more reflected not only the kaleidoscopically swirling colour patterns of LSD hallucinations, but also revolutionary political, social and spiritual sentiments inspired by insights derived from these psychedelic states of consciousness.’ Continue reading
I am currently reading my children Enid Blytons ‘The Faraway Tree’. This was my favourite book as a child, actually anything written by Blyton was read over and over.
With my somewhat adult brain I have a new take on these books and realise that Mrs Blyton belongs in the hall of fame with the likes of Hieronymous Bosch, David Bowie and LSD. Continue reading
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are quilts created by a group of women and their ancestors who live or have lived in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Alabama along the Alabama River. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are considered to be unique, and one of the most important African-American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States.
A link to the NZ artist Jennifer Mason’s selected video art.
As yet I have little words to describe my reaction apart from the happiness I felt in the freedom of her work. I am posting this so I can look back on it and watch it for inspiration and unloosening of my mind when needed.
So I have posted a few blog entries that highlight the glory that is the decorated penis.
Why? How does this relate to my art practice?
As I ask myself these questions, it strikes me how Terry’s phallic nose in my work Terry was never a ‘thing’. Sure people had a giggle, some rolled their eyes, a couple did some role playing with his face but mostly his penis nose was used to differentiate him from his tribe – ‘who is Terry?’….’you know the one with the ‘(insert hand gesture here)
I have been reading ‘What Do Pictures Want?’ by W.J.T Mitchell and clarifying the difference and the definitions of the idol, the fetish and the totem in order to understand my art practice with more depth. Continue reading