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Psychedelic Art

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Antonia Brister

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My projects this semester have been about invisible black light painting, and during the course of researching methods I came across many psychedelic art referances.
Psychedelic Art
Presented by Toni Brister

Why Psychedelic Art?
Merriam-Webster defines Psychedelic as:

"1 a : of, relating to, or being drugs (as LSD) capable of producing abnormal psychic effects (as hallucinations) and sometimes psychotic states
b : produced by or associated with the use of psychedelic drugs (a
2: imitating, suggestive of, or reproducing effects (as distorted or bizarre images or sounds) resembling those produced by psychedelic drugs (
color schemes)"
Works Cited
Abrams, I. (Artist). (1968). Cosmoerotica [Web Painting]. Retrieved from http://mag.rochester.edu/newsroom/psychedelic-images/
Aoshima, C. (Artist). (2007). Fountain of the Skull [Web Painting]. Retrieved from http://www.perrotin.com/Chiho_Aoshima-works-oeuvres-13125-14.html
Moscoso, V. (2005). Sex, rock & optical illusions. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books.
Moscoso, V. (Artist). (1967). Chambers Brothers [Web Painting]. Retrieved from http://www.denverartmuseum.org/collections/architecture-design-graphics
Psychedelic. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved December 2, 2013, from http:// www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychedelic
Rubin, D. (2010). Psychedelic: optical and visionary art since the 1960s. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Saul, P. (Artist.) (1972). Angela Davis [Web Painting]. Retrieved from http://www.struve.biz/Artists/Contemporary/Saul/peter_saul.htm

The first use of the word "Psychedelic" was in 1956 by Dr. Humphry F. Osmond as a scientific definition of the experiences of hallucinations, becoming publicly used in the mid 60s (Rubin, 2010).
- Youth-driven counterculture that revolved around
- drug use
- cultural awareness
- political activism
- sexual liberation
- Eastern philosophy and religion
- feminism
- civil rights
Isaac Abrams, Cosmoerotica (1968). Oil on canvas. Collection of Yvette Lewis.
- Parallel art movements:
- Pop Art
- Op Art
-Vivid colors
-exaggerated forms
-connections with the above ideas
-often found on album covers and posters, but not exclusively
- Isaac Abrams (b.1939)
-Founded the Coda Gallery
-"Featured painting, sculpture, and multimedia light shows under the name 'psychedelic art'" (Rubin, 2010)
-One of the earliest to paint and exhibit work specifically created under the influence of LSD

Psychedelic Artists
"The Psychedelics have, in my experience, opened doors to other universes. Universes that, under certain conditions, are as tangible as our own."
-Isaac Abrams
"Times, they are a-changin"
-Bob Dylan
Ed Paschke, Jesus (1974). Oil on canvas. Collection of Maya Polsky, Chicago IL.
Peter Saul, Angela Davis (1972). Color Lithograph on Paper. published by Dorothea Speyer Gallery, Paris
Contemporary Manifestations
Decline of the Term "Psychedelic"
-Often associated with "low art"
-largely seen on posters and album covers of psychedelic bands
-Negative associations with hippie and drug culture
-LSD's illegality
-Psychedelic movement and op art considered to have ended roughly in the late 1970s
-Ideas and themes continue today, though not usually under the moniker "psychedelic"

-Peter Saul (1934)
-Focused on social and political satire, especially anti-war
Angela Davis
(below) is a portrait of the civil rights activist of the same name.
-Painted in a Day-Glo color palette
-Ed Paschke (1939-2004)
-Former commercial artist and playboy illustrator
-Dignified society's outcasts through art
(below) is part of a series of pimps and prostitutes
Psychedelic Artists (cont.)
For more Ed Paschke art:
For more Isaac Abrams art:
Psychedelic Artists (cont.)
For more Peter Saul art:
Psychedelic Artists (cont.)
-Victor Moscoso
-Created many posters during the psychedelic era
-Traditionally trained as an artist at Yale
-Chose to defy norms and create illegible posters with vibrant color schemes
For more Victor Moscoso art:
Victor Moscoso, Chambers Brothers (1967). Offset lithograph. Collection Denver Art Museum
-Gordon Terry (b. 1971)
-explores physical and metaphysical ideas
-exploits the properties of acrylic paint creating layered, organic forms
-acknowledges connections to psychedelic era art
Gordon Terry,
Black Holes, Bohemians, Colonials, and Boudoirs
(2003). Acrylic Paint on Acrylic Panel. Collection of Mr. Lester Marks, Houston, TX.
Contemporary Manifestations (cont.)
-Barbara Takenaga (b.1949)
-based on mathematical systems
-composes repeated circular motifs
-Takenaga notes that her work is "often seen as trippy cosmic explosions" but her intentions are "elegiac, evocative...with some visual buzz and sensation" (Rubin, 2010)
Barbara Takenaga, C-Chan (2005). Acrylic Paint on Linen Stretched over board. Collection of DC Moore Gallery, NY.
Contemporary Manifestations (cont.)
Contemporary Manifestations (cont.)
-Bill Komoski (b. 1954)
-creates viewer-oriented perception experiences
-representation of moments of heightened consciousness
-seeks to capture a visual of fluid states
Bill Komoski, 10/06/01 (2001). Acrylic Paint on canvas. Courtesy of Feature, Inc., NY.
-Chiho Aoshima (b.1974)
-a leading figure in the Kaikai Kiki collective
-produce imagery that combines anime, manga, and ukiyo-e
-reflect intensity of awareness and transformative understandings
-recent works have reflected disasters in Japan
Chiho Aoshima, Fountain of the Skull (2007). Color photograph, plexi-glass, aluminum. Retrieved from: http://www.perrotin.com/Chiho_Aoshima-works-oeuvres-13125-14.html
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