9 x 6.25
Edition of 200
Perforated blotter paper
Signed and Numbered
Join me for an “in-person” book signing and blotter release at the Haight Street Art Center this Sunday, April 23, 2023.
I’ll be making a very limited release of my Pythia blotters in collaboration with Shakedown Gallery with the support of the Haight Street Art Center at this event. In addition, I’ll be signing my books: “Color x Color: The Sperry Poster Archive, 1980-2020”, my 750 page career spanning retrospective, and my muse books “Idyllion”, “Chthoneon” and “Helikon”.
Haight Street Art Center
215 Haight St (at Laguna)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Sunday April 23, 2023
12 noon to 1 pm: Haight Street Art Center Members Only.
1 pm to 4 pm: General Public
Become a member HERE
From the Haight Street Art Center concerning the show:
Kaleidoscope Eyes: Celebrating The 80th Anniversary of Bicycle Day Through Blotter Art
On April 19th, 1943, Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann intentionally ingested a small amount of LSD and then rode his bicycle home, experiencing history’s first intentional LSD trip. He later described the experience as “a remarkable and memorable day.”
In subsequent decades LSD moved from laboratories to the streets and was often circulated via perforated sheets of paper known as “blotter paper,” frequently adorned with colorful designs and unique symbols. The art served as both an ad hoc form of branding and created a playful connection between the distributor and the intended audience.
In the 1980s blotter art began to be collected and displayed as a form of underground folk art, particularly due to the zealous enthusiasm of collector and counterculture archivist Mark McCloud.
The Kaleidoscope Eyes exhibit brings together pieces of historical blotter art with pieces from modern screenprint masters and popular rock artists alongside pieces signed by internationally-renown psychedelic luminaries and even some pieces from the legendary Institute of Illegal Images amassed by McCloud.
We’re excited to be partnering with Shakedown Gallery in our retail space and will be offering limited edition signed and unsigned Blotter art through the run of this exhibit.
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