Thursday, September 13, 2007

Amature Exstatic Pestilence of the Mind

Roll Call: Whose felt extremely heavy at least once in the last 2 weeks?
I need to know...

What could it be... New aquarian energy? A Mellow Rain Upon your Soul? Yr period? Full Moon? A Psycho Sexual Coconut Coma?

I'm pretty sure I got hit by all five, like making out with some pentagonal headed hydra crap.

And this is all I have to show for it. It is NOT art.

The only thing more distressing to the softminded than tiedie is... distressed tiedie

In anycase, it seems I'm not the only one who'se felt this of late, and tomorrow night, to prove it, friend, deep musician, and master rhetoritician Alexis Georgopolus will be spinning some serious circular psych nectar at the opening for GOOD TIMES: BAD TRIPS: a new book published by Gallery 16 Editions, put together by Cliff Hengst and Scott Hewick.

September 14 - November 3, 2007
Opening Reception for the Artists, Friday September 14, 6-9pm
with Music by Arp (Smalltown Supersound)

501 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
415.626.7495 [p]
415.626.8439 [f]

Check the comments for a more extensive and illuminating write up! I'll be there!

And finally, as though you didnt get enough already, further analysis uncovers an obvious cry for help in the uncanny resemblence shared by the bubble blowing cherub and my mother. Whoa is right!

This recreational nightmare all ended soundly however with my 25th birthday, as emblemized elegantly by a multigenerational homage to nat russel and his grandmother, who made me a gentleness banana fifty years ago, sensing I'd need such tender support in the choppy waters of yonderyear. Thanks to all who made it (white) magical.

Whoever coined the term chill pill actually meant "gentleness banana," but was forced to compromise when they realized they were reckoning with the two most unrhymeable words in our fair tongue.

Either way, take one. you deserve it.

1 comment:

david/frank=ribbons said...

S.A.N.E. stands for Something, Anything, Nothing, Everything. The title provides
the artists a loose working method for exploring the ambiguous grasps of consciousness
through altered mental states. Taking cues from freak-outs and rituals in various
B-movies, Scott Hewicker will exhibit a suite of new paintings and a new video.
While Cliff Hengst will use handmade signs and wall drawings to humorously investigate
the unbridled super-ego of mental imbalance. This is both their second show at Gallery
16. Hewicker has previously shown at Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, Rare
Gallery in New York, Galleri Christina Wilson in Denmark and the ICA in Philadelphia.
Hengst has previously shown at Marella Arte in Milan and Gallerie Uta Pardun in
Berlin as well as and YBCA and Ratio 3 in San Francisco.

To coincide with the show, Hengst and Hewicker have released GOOD TIMES: BAD TRIPS,
a new book published by Gallery 16 Editions. This book is a collection of true accounts
exploring an under-recognized rite of passage: The Bad Trip. Pairing individual
stories with paintings, collages and photographs by the artists, the book delves
deeply into the romantic pathos of psychedelic crisis. Contributors include over
fifty luminaries from the art, music and literary world including Devendra Banhart,
Chris Johanson, Lars Bang Larsen, Xylor Jane, Shaun O’Dell, Keegan McHargue, Kevin
Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Leslie Shows, Tony Labat, and Larry Rinder.

For additional information and images, please contact Vanessa Blaikie at 415.626.7495
or email