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Benton Rooks and Mitch Schultz (DMT: The Spirit Molecule) on Visionary Art

1551756_10153503464733475_4270224262676300867_nI recently had the distinct honor of speaking to one of my very favorite culture hacking heroes Mitch Schultz, director and producer of the forward thinking documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule and champion of a new project MYTHAPI. Below is a slightly abridged version of our original audio conversation.

BR: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, my friend. What inspired you to create DMT: The Spirit Molecule? It’s really a fantastic documentary—still ahead of it’s time in many ways—and I felt it sort of gave a professional face to the culture when it came out, which was much needed at the time. 

The documentary was inspired by my first smoked DMT experience, which happened a little over a decade ago now. Looking back it’s amazing how quick that has gone. But this inspiration has really been seated within me my entire life—it seems like there have been signposts leading me along this path (laughs) but, the moment I came back from that experience and sitting in my room I knew I was going to make a movie.… Read the rest

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Alex & Allyson Grey Break the Set on Psychedelics, Transcendentalism and Visionary Art

Abby Martin speaks with Alex & Allyson Grey, the most prolific psychedelic artists in the world, discussing the role of transcendentalism, spirituality and entheogenic drugs have played in their art and personal lives, as well as their work on the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.

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Entheon: The Alex Grey Visionary Art Experience

This would certainly be a nice place to entheogenize your noggin’…

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alexgreycosm/entheon-the-alex-grey-visionary-art-experience

The next stage of evolution in the acclaimed Sacred Mirrors exhibition. Now, Alex is calling on fans to help build the vision.

For over 30 years, the art of Alex Grey has reached the hearts and minds of people all around the globe with its portrayals of the physical and subtle anatomy of individuals in the context of cosmic, biological and spiritual evolution.

From 2004 to 2010 the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors installation was on view in the heart of New York City and saw tens of thousands come from all walks of life to experience the transformational power of art. Since closing its doors, the paintings have been in storage and unavailable to the public. It’s time to bring the paintings back!

Our plan is to build a permanent exhibition space for these iconic works of art, along with works from other visionary artists.… Read the rest

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Nets of Being: Interview with Visionary Artist Alex Grey

Among the many talented visionary artists of today, one name rises to the top of nearly every list: Alex Grey. He and his wife Allyson (who is also a painter) relentlessly travel the world, headlining large-scale festivals, consciousness parties and packed gallery shows. At their most recent appearance in Sao Paulo, Brazil, they painted before an audience of 25,000. Quite famously, the two of them (together for more than 37 years) are more adamant than Johnny Cash about wearing only black in public and private.

Watkins Review listed Alex as one of the top 20 “Most Spiritually Influential Living People” the last two years running, and the band Tool, “America’s #1 cult band,” featured Alex’s art on their most recent platinum album, winning a grammy for its unusual packaging. Grey’s work features a rare alchemy of science and spirituality, where anatomically precise human bodies interweave with profound kaleidoscopic mystical experiences.… Read the rest

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Arik Roper Q&A

I interviewed the artist Arik Roper for the 2011 book Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood (Soft Skull Press). The wonderful HiLobrow.com, curated and edited by Joshua Glenn, recently ran the entire transcript of my chat with Roper:

Illustration and visionary art have long been kindred spirits. Many artists belonging to the Symbolists and Decadents (art movements heavy with occult and esoteric flavor) started off as illustrators or graphic designers and many continued to incorporate these techniques into their work. This tradition continued into the twentieth century with artists such as Ernst Fuchs, H.R. Giger, and — more recently — Mark Ryden and Amanda Sage. In the Sixties, this commingling of visionary states and illustration crossed over into pop culture by way of comic books and album covers. Some of Jack Kirby’s cosmic landscapes and other-worldly machinery are as mind-altering as any Symbolist painting, and the ethereal floating islands on a Roger Dean album cover convey a similar sensibility.

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Robert Venosa, Visionary Artist, Dead At 75

Robert Venosa self portrait

Robert Venosa self portrait

We received sad news from Venosa’s wife, an extraordinary artist in her own right, Martina Hoffmann:

ROBERT VENOSA
January 21, 1936 to August 9, 2011

Dear Friends and Community,

A great soul has completed his earthly journey and graduated to the next level.

The great Venosa left his body on Tuesday August 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM.

His transition was graceful and accomplished in the same composed and calm manner that he exuded throughout his life.

I feel honored to have been able to accompany him to the gate, having walked 30 beautiful years together in this life.

Robert had a long and brave healing journey with cancer and showed incredible strength on this path as well as tremendous courage in facing this great dragon.

He believed in the natural healing ability of the human body and proved the doctors wrong time and again, who only gave him a few month’s to live upon his diagnosis over eight years ago.

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Martina Hoffman’s Landscapes of the Sacred Feminine

Spirit Wind, 2007. Source: martinahoffmann.com

Spirit Wind, 2007. Source: martinahoffmann.com

Martina Hoffmann is a painter and sculptress whose imagery has been inspired by expanded states of consciousness: the realms of the imagination, meditation, shamanic journeys and the dream state. The unique iconography of her painted landscapes reveal a deep connection to the sacred feminine while her sculptural work is undeniably influenced by African energy. Michael Robinson, Creative Director of Reality Sandwich, interviews Martina:

1. What’s your personal mantra?

Every one of our actions affects reality as a whole, so impeccability is of the essence. This is my mantra.

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” Chief Seattle, 1854

2. What does the role of Artist mean to you?

Art reflects the state of the world and its sentiments about all aspects of life as seen through one person’s individual consciousness.

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