; [ekˈstatik]; adjective; — Involving an experience of mystic self-transcendence.
“the Impressionist aesthetic”
Visionary mystical experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with God and are the creative source of all sacred art and wisdom traditions. The best currently existing technology for sharing the mystic imaginal realms is a well-crafted artistic rendering by an eye witness. — Alex Grey
Psychedelic Art has a long history with humanity. Anthropologist David Lewis-Williams among other Cave Art researchers report that iconography found in caves painted thousands of years ago may have been inspired by psychedelic use, placing sacramentally altered states of consciousness at the foundations of religion and art.
Seventy-one years ago, Dr. Albert Hofmann discovered the psychoactive properties of LSD, one of the most important scientific, religious and artistic breakthroughs in human history. Despite having been outlawed around the world, psychedelics have impacted artists globally and may hold keys to furthering a culture of peace and love.
Post war art movements in the US displayed the influence of psychedelics, most obviously during the ’60’s from Brigit Riley’s wavey Op Art & Warhol’s intensely colored Pop Art to Visionary Realists like Mati Klarwein. Today a new wave of artists are reinterpreting the meaning of the psychedelic art.
Join Alex and Allyson at CoSM for a conversation with some of the most discerning and active supporters of Psychedelic Visionary Art. From both Coasts, these long-time specialists will discuss their own unique lens on the movement, and the importance of the genre, dubbed by art critic Carlo McCormick as the Ecstatic Aesthetic. We will explore the ancient history of psychedelic art, the 60’s, and the exciting new generation of visionary artists working today. We will ask our respected guests what attracts them to this very special oeuvre? How do they discover works of art for their own private collections as well as for their clients? Why do they feel that Visionary Art matters?