Minds Wide Open, a group exhibit of psychedelic art works exploring the realms of the “fantastic and transcendental,” opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 24th, at Light Space Gallery, 1732 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Admission is free.
The works remain on display through Friday, November 25th, when the exhibit will be moved to MicroCoSM Gallery in New York City.
The exhibit includes work by Luke Brown, Dean Chamberlain, Stacy Valis, Kenny Scharf, Carey Thompson, J Garcia, Suzanne Williams, Allyson Grey, Alex Grey, Robert Williams, Paul Laffoley and Oliver Vernon.
The exhibit is curated by Light Space Gallery owners and exhibiting artists Chamberlain and Valis, along with Jody Polishchuk.
Chamberlain is known for his special process of creating photographs using a method of “painting with light” illuminating his exposures with various light sources. Chamberlain often photographs forest landscapes and nature, including areas of New England, the Southeast, Northern California and the canyons surrounding Mulholland Drive.
Chamberlain is also known for his luminescent photographic portraits of psychedelic drug gurus, including Timothy Leary, Ram Dass and Terrence McKenna.
Stacy Valis photographs aspects of nature in an abstract manner capturing what she describes as “fleeting moments of meditative splendor.”
Luke Brown makes kaleidoscopic paintings and digital imagery based on psychedelic consciousness.
Kenny Scharf calls his work “pop surrealism” and says that it comes from an “unconscious filled with pop imagery.”
Carey Thompson’s paintings incorporate archetypal symbols and psychedelic imagery to create multidimensional mindscapes.
J Garcia’s paintings express his ideas with the spontaneous improvisational flow of a jazz performer.
Suzanne Williams creates geometric abstractions with precision and subtlety.
With the intention of creating abstract sacred art, Allyson Grey combines spectral grids of “chaos, order and secret writing.”
Robert Williams’s cartoon surrrealism juxtaposes multiple levels of reality with low-brow humor.
Alex Grey’s paintings seek to capture “moments of transfiguration and provide a visual meditation on the nature of life and higher consciousness,” according to Light Space Gallery.
Paul Laffoley’s paintings intertwine his theory of dimensionality with maps of history, mathematics, the occult, architecture and consciousness.
The organic, abstract paintings of Oliver Vernon seek to “plunge the viewer into vivid and vertiginous baroque efflorescence,” according to Light Space Gallery.
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