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a drawing that I’ve been working on…

ATOM PIECE

In anticipation of Thom York’s  new band “Atoms for Peace’s,” first tour, I have decided to take a look at the ways in which the this itty bitty nuclear particle has influenced the output of other admired creatives. This is a only a taster of what I have found…

ATOM PIECE (Model for Nuclear Energy) by Henry Moore

A bronze sculpture by Henry Moore that featured in his recent exhibition at The Tate Britain. Its permeant home is the University of Chicago and the spot where the world’s first nuclear reactor was made. In 1934 Enrico Fermi, the Italian nuclear physicist carried out the first successful controlled nuclear fission in a shed on Chicago University campus in complete secret. This was an event of extreme historical significance as it meant that for the first time Man was able to control this huge force for peaceful purposes. In 1964 The talents of Moore were enlisted to commemorate the success of Fermi’s experiment. The sculpture bears heavy connotation; its shape alluding to both the human skull and the atomic mushroom cloud, thus an apt reflection of the morbid and scientific potential of the atom.  Moore’s choice of “Atom piece,” as the title of the sculpture is a devious play on words that reveals the artists own stance as a nuclear disarmament activist. Resultantly viewers are encouraged to assume the same approach to consideration of the theme.

Salvador Dali – NUCLEAR MYSTICIST

The Madonna of Port Lligat 1949

Until the the atomic age, Salvaodr Dali, one of the greatest Spanish artists of all time, was consumed with his pursuit of the surreal. However the global fear and uncertainty that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki instigated, catalyzed drastic thematic change within Dali’s artistic output. He recognized that the nuclear age had irrevocably changed humanity’s perception of natural existence. Instead of focusing on the internalized realm of human psyche, he began to look at the human psyche in connection with the outside world; its realities, religions and sciences. Dali developed a profound interest in the ideas of Werner Heisenberg and his Uncertainty Principle of Quantum theory. From this was born a new artistic manifesto; the “Anti-Matter Manifesto,” and in turn a new artistic movement that Dali called Nuclear Mysticism. His paintings became hyper-real and increasingly elemental, often featuring material objects in the process of particular decomposition. Religious imagery and iconography became a heavy feature as Dali expressed his own renewed interest in religion and the divine, as well as his believe in the benefits of regarding quantum physics with a metaphysical eye. Such is evidence of Dali’s position as a visionary as well as an artist.

Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove or: how I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr Strangelove is a perfect spoof of the military and political mayhem that provoked the birth of the atomic age. The movie tells the tale of General Jack D. Ripper, a maniacal U.S military leader who goes behind the President’s back to mount a campaign that will eradicate communism by sending a squadron of B-52 bombers to blitz the soviet union. Total farce ensues as the President, played by Peter Seller’s, and his war council unveil and try to rectify the insane actions of one of their much trusted generals. During the movie as well as the part of the President,  Sellars masterfully plays the part of a highly strung British army captain and Dr. Strangelove the mental bomb maker. Shot in monochromatic colours, the movie is a stark and completely hilarious insight into the insanity of the threat of nuclear holocaust. If you haven’t seen it yet, you are missing out on one of the greatest satirical comedy’s of all time.

Two Suns in the Sunset – Pink Floyd

A metaphor for the fireball surrounding an atomic bomb. This song is bittersweet…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOJHz6Przdw

Ill end on something I love by Gregory Corso. For anyone who doesnt know, Corso was a key player in the Beat scene, (meaning he was driven by a philosophy that slammed the  lethargic  and decadent attitude of mass consciousness during this era.) Its pretty long but worth reading. Enough said. Ill let the poetry do the talking.



Bomb

Budger of history Brake of time You Bomb
Toy of universe Grandest of all snatched sky I cannot hate you
Do I hate the mischievous thunderbolt the jawbone of an ass
The bumpy club of One Million B.C. the mace the flail the axe
Catapult Da Vinci tomahawk Cochise flintlock Kidd dagger Rathbone
Ah and the sad desparate gun of Verlaine Pushkin Dillinger Bogart
And hath not St. Michael a burning sword St. George a lance David a sling
Bomb you are as cruel as man makes you and you’re no crueller than cancer
All Man hates you they’d rather die by car-crash lightning drowning
Falling off a roof electric-chair heart-attack old age old age O Bomb
They’d rather die by anything but you Death’s finger is free-lance
Not up to man whether you boom or not Death has long since distributed its
categorical blue I sing thee Bomb Death’s extravagance Death’s jubilee
Gem of Death’s supremest blue The flyer will crash his death will differ
with the climbor who’ll fall to die by cobra is not to die by bad pork
Some die by swamp some by sea and some by the bushy-haired man in the night
O there are deaths like witches of Arc Scarey deaths like Boris Karloff
No-feeling deaths like birth-death sadless deaths like old pain Bowery
Abandoned deaths like Capital Punishment stately deaths like senators
And unthinkable deaths like Harpo Marx girls on Vogue covers my own
I do not know just how horrible Bombdeath is I can only imagine
Yet no other death I know has so laughable a preview I scope
a city New York City streaming starkeyed subway shelter
Scores and scores A fumble of humanity High heels bend
Hats whelming away Youth forgetting their combs
Ladies not knowing what to do with their shopping bags
Unperturbed gum machines Yet dangerous 3rd rail
Ritz Brothers from the Bronx caught in the A train
The smiling Schenley poster will always smile
Impish death Satyr Bomb Bombdeath
Turtles exploding over Istanbul
The jaguar’s flying foot
soon to sink in arctic snow
Penguins plunged against the Sphinx
The top of the Empire state
arrowed in a broccoli field in Sicily
Eiffel shaped like a C in Magnolia Gardens
St. Sophia peeling over Sudan
O athletic Death Sportive Bomb
the temples of ancient times
their grand ruin ceased
Electrons Protons Neutrons
gathering Hersperean hair
walking the dolorous gulf of Arcady
joining marble helmsmen
entering the final ampitheater
with a hymnody feeling of all Troys
heralding cypressean torches
racing plumes and banners
and yet knowing Homer with a step of grace
Lo the visiting team of Present
the home team of Past
Lyre and tube together joined
Hark the hotdog soda olive grape
gala galaxy robed and uniformed
commissary O the happy stands
Ethereal root and cheer and boo
The billioned all-time attendance
The Zeusian pandemonium
Hermes racing Owens
The Spitball of Buddha
Christ striking out
Luther stealing third
Planeterium Death Hosannah Bomb
Gush the final rose O Spring Bomb
Come with thy gown of dynamite green
unmenace Nature’s inviolate eye
Before you the wimpled Past
behind you the hallooing Future O Bomb
Bound in the grassy clarion air
like the fox of the tally-ho
thy field the universe thy hedge the geo
Leap Bomb bound Bomb frolic zig and zag
The stars a swarm of bees in thy binging bag
Stick angels on your jubilee feet
wheels of rainlight on your bunky seat
You are due and behold you are due
and the heavens are with you
hosanna incalescent glorious liaison
BOMB O havoc antiphony molten cleft BOOM
Bomb mark infinity a sudden furnace
spread thy multitudinous encompassed Sweep
set forth awful agenda
Carrion stars charnel planets carcass elements
Corpse the universe tee-hee finger-in-the-mouth hop
over its long long dead Nor
From thy nimbled matted spastic eye
exhaust deluges of celestial ghouls
From thy appellational womb
spew birth-gusts of of great worms
Rip open your belly Bomb
from your belly outflock vulturic salutations
Battle forth your spangled hyena finger stumps
along the brink of Paradise
O Bomb O final Pied Piper
both sun and firefly behind your shock waltz
God abandoned mock-nude
beneath His thin false-talc’s apocalypse
He cannot hear thy flute’s
happy-the-day profanations
He is spilled deaf into the Silencer’s warty ear
His Kingdom an eternity of crude wax
Clogged clarions untrumpet Him
Sealed angels unsing Him
A thunderless God A dead God
O Bomb thy BOOM His tomb
That I lean forward on a desk of science
an astrologer dabbling in dragon prose
half-smart about wars bombs especially bombs
That I am unable to hate what is necessary to love
That I can’t exist in a world that consents
a child in a park a man dying in an electric-chair
That I am able to laugh at all things
all that I know and do not know thus to conceal my pain
That I say I am a poet and therefore love all man
knowing my words to be the acquainted prophecy of all men
and my unwords no less an acquaintanceship
That I am manifold
a man pursuing the big lies of gold
or a poet roaming in bright ashes
or that which I imagine myself to be
a shark-toothed sleep a man-eater of dreams
I need not then be all-smart about bombs
Happily so for if I felt bombs were caterpillars
I’d doubt not they’d become butterflies
There is a hell for bombs
They’re there I see them there
They sit in bits and sing songs
mostly German songs
And two very long American songs
and they wish there were more songs
especially Russian and Chinese songs
and some more very long American songs
Poor little Bomb that’ll never be
an Eskimo song I love thee
I want to put a lollipop
in thy furcal mouth
a wig of Goldilocks on thy baldy bean
and have you skip with me Hansel and Gretel
along the Hollywoodian screen
O Bomb in which all lovely things
moral and physical anxiously participate
O fairylike plucked from the
grandest universe tree
O piece of heaven which gives
both mountain and anthill a sun
I am standing before your fantastic lily door
I bring you Midgardian roses Arcadian musk
Reputed cosmetics from the girls of heaven
Welcome me fear not thy opened door
nor thy cold ghost’s grey memory
nor the pimps of indefinite weather
their cruel terrestial thaw
Oppenheimer is seated
in the dark pocket of Light
Fermi is dry in Death’s Mozambique
Einstein his mythmouth
a barnacled wreath on the moon-squid’s head
Let me in Bomb rise from that pregnant-rat corner
nor fear the raised-broom nations of the world
O Bomb I love you
I want to kiss your clank eat your boom
You are a paean an acme of scream
a lyric hat of Mister Thunder
O resound thy tanky knees
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
BOOM ye skies and BOOM ye suns
BOOM BOOM ye moons ye stars BOOM
nights ye BOOM ye days ye BOOM
BOOM BOOM ye winds ye clouds ye rains
Go BANG ye lakes ye oceans BING
Barracuda BOOM and cougar BOOM
Ubangi BOOM orangutang
BING BANG BONG BOOM bee bear baboon
ye BANG ye BONG ye BING
the tail the fin the wing
Yes Yes into our midst a bomb will fall
Flowers will leap in joy their roots aching
Fields will kneel proud beneath the halleluyahs of the wind
Pinkbombs will blossom Elkbombs will perk their ears
Ah many a bomb that day will awe the bird a gentle look
Yet not enough to say a bomb will fall
or even contend celestial fire goes out
Know that the earth will madonna the Bomb
that in the hearts of men to come more bombs will be born
magisterial bombs wrapped in ermine all beautiful
and they’ll sit plunk on earth’s grumpy empires
fierce with moustaches of gold


Doodle Bug

My most recent work of art….

“Doodle Bug”

High Art

Acid Queen, 1970. Tom Gatz

In the 1960s Timothy Leary prophesied a future in which LSD reigned over humanity. The American psycologist, writer and futurist  dedicated much of his life researching and campaigning the psychedelic drug in the belief that its spiritual, theraputic and emotional benefits surpassed those of any other substance known on earth.

Appropriately, Leary’s life was full of highs and lows. In 1965 he was arrested, the police having caught him smuggling marijuana into Mexico…in his daughter’s knickers; a conviction that he was later acquitted of but only after having The U.S Supreme Court declare the Marijuana Tax Act unconstitutional. Having successfully screwed with the U.S judicial system, he took the next logical step and decided to run for Govenor of California, against Ronald Reagan.   Leary became politically recognized by his slogan; “Come together, join the party,” and invoked the song writing talents of his good friend and follower John Lennon to come up with a suitable theme tune for his campaign. For Leary, John came up with “Come Together, ” a song which came to surpass the political party that it was written for (by a LONG way.) Leary never made it into the Governor seat and the following year was jailed for ten years as a culminating sentence for previous drug related offenses. However it was not before long that Leary managed to stage a non-violent escape from prison and fled with his wife to Algeria.

Music was not the only creative realm that psychedelia impacted during the 60s and 70s. LSD received religion-like status worldwide and Leary was it’s messiah. For a world absorbed in war, persecution and restriction, it signified total release of the mind from the confinements of reality and came to symbolize liberal attitude. Art became an experiential force as creatives sought to communicate and recreate their mind blowing hallucinations and take their viewers to far out dimensions . Aesthetically, this meant a drive towards visual innovation; kaleidoscopic colour palettes, the invention of the UV backlight and designs usually directed at achieving implicit free flowing beauty, opulence and serenity as advocated by the European Art Nouveau movement. The most notable visual output from this movement came in the format of the psychedelic poster. Propelled by the invasion of the British psychedelic rock force led by bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, artists and design outfits were comissioned to create experimental promotional posters, for experimental music for experimental events….whilst everyone was experimenting with LSD. Meanwhile President Richard Nixon was publicly declaring Leary “the most dangerous man in America.”

Needless to say Leary’s ultimate ambition of an acid driven world never materialized, which is probably for the best considering the state of our politics and economy when we are not all high.  However inviable his ultimate goal, Leary’s message was one of peace and eternal optimism. It enabled the birth of an artistic movement that was purely counter-cultural and stands alone as totally mesmerizing. Who needs drugs. Have a nice trip.

Mystic Meg, A.S.A Kite

Adam & Even, Michael Art

The Ultimate Trip, 1976

Love is all you need, A.S.A. Kite

Untitled, 1970. Joe Lombardo

Sunshine, 1976. M.H Stein

Mainline Love, 1969. Buroff, Frank Kaye

Tiger Lady, Michael Art

Keep on Truckin‘, R.Crumb

Quebec Love, Giles

Felix, acid blotter art

Mad Hatter, acid blotter art

Tim Leary signed acid blotter art


Gathering of the Tribes, “Human Be-In” 1967. MIchael Bowen and Stanley Mouse

1966, Victor Moscoso

Grateful Dead promotional poster, Wes Wilson

The Who promotional poster, Hapshash and The Coloured Coat

Lunds Konsthall, 1969


The Hush Will Take Over, A.S.A Kite

100 Reasons to save the vinyl (Parts LXI – LXXX)

61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. Here you go ed…74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80.

100 Reasons to save the Vinyl (Parts XLI – LX)

41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60.