Tag Archive | Psychedelic

Video Clip of The Week: Holiday Mountain, “Motion Sickness”



Heading up to the fabulousness that is Christmas, we are continuing in a Holiday celebratory mood here at The Gig, and thus feel it appropriate to introduce Holiday Mountain, a dance-pop trio from Austin, Texas, who bring on the drug-free hallucinogenic effects with their new video for “Motion Sickness.” Let the Acid Flashbacks begin!

“Motion Sickness” propels itself along aurally on a throbbing, undeniably funky beat that recalls George Clinton’s truly seminal “Automic Dog” – and you can’t lay claim to a much more authentic pedigree than that! I also noticed that, starting at around the 2 minute mark, a bit of what sounds like the theme from the “Inspector Gadget” cartoon works its way into the mix. That may be unintentional, but it totally works.

Holiday Mountain Tree

This clip features the band performing the song inside shifting triangles of light as the camera shifts from zooming close-ups to distant shots, while vocalist Laura Patino cuts a striking figure with her sassy pink tresses and vibrant, original since of festive fashion. For best results, Youtube recommends that you watch the video in full-screen. Be sure to focus your eyes on the center of the screen starting at about 2:40, and the swirling shapes and colors will have an effect on your eyes that lingers for several seconds after the video ends.

Patino offers that “The concept [for the video] was that this would be the first video that makes you trip for free.” She credits the idea to one of the band’s managers, whose film and TV production company, Onion Creek made the clip. Patino’s bandmates are Zander Kagle (Drums/Electric Percussion) and Bradley Will (Electric Bass/Synths).

“Motion Sickness”comes from the band’s upcoming album You Be You, which is due out early in 2015. Enjoy!

Holiday Mountain Band

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Mike Weiss Gallery Presents Gymnasty By Cameron Gray

Gymnasty VideoScreen Tunnel
Photo of Gymnasty Video Screen Archway Courtesy of Mike Weiss Gallery. All Other Photos By Gail!

Sometimes, you just need to visit an art exhibit that is a bit over-the-top and, well, insane. It doesn’t even have to make much sense; as long as it embraces an energetic, inspired feel and a kind of controlled, creative chaos that assures you that you are at the Most-Happening-Art-Reception in the Chelsea Gallery District at that very moment. That is how we felt when we entered the vortex of madness that is Cameron Gray’s Gymnasty, which opened at Mike Weiss Gallery on October 30th. Seriously, what a crazy fun scene!

Video Screen Archway

Please Enter Through the Video Monitor Archway! More about that later!

Friendly Greeter
Please Meet the Friendly Greeter!

Gymnasty is a multi-sensorial pop culture experience that may or may not have something to do with working out. But if you want to follow that line of thinking, then you might consider it to be more like a gym for your mind and soul than one for your body. I don’t know. Maybe Gray just dropped some acid an made it up as he went along. Please enjoy some of my photos!

Gold Boy Go Go Dancer
Golden Boy Go Go Dancer – Very Popular!

Gold Boy Go Go Dancer

Achiever
Here he is again!

The opening reception was a ridiculous, performance art mob scene, so it was hard to get good, clear pictures of the “Art,” but nothing was really lost in that I think I captured a good deal of the energy of what had to be the best party of the night!

Hi There
“Hi There!”

Beach Tableau

Gymnasty Goes to the Beach!

Yoga Lady

Floating Gucci Logos and a Lady ready for Yoga!

Waterfall In a Slab of Marble

Look at this thing!

Waterfall In a Slab of Marble

Now, take a closer look: It is a video of a waterfall inside a slab of polished marble. I want to have it in my home.

The Universe

Also, here is a close up of The Universe expanding from inside another slab of marble. It makes you think deeply about things.

Miracles This Way

What’s behind this mysterious Black Curtain? Let’s Find Out!

Venus De Milo Aquarium

Venus De Milo Aquarium!

Diver and Fish
Dive! Dive!

Video Monitor Fire Place
Yuel Log Fireplace Video!

Video Projections

All kinds of ever changing video projections!

Video Projections

Muscle Man

Also, This Guy!

OK, Let’s take closer look at same of the pop culture images flashing across the screens in that explosively psychedelic Video Monitor Archway!

David Bowie

David Bowie, I love him.

Is This Gay

Yes, yes it is!

Lana Del Rey and Elvis

I see Lana Del Rey and, also, Elvis.

Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror: Obviously a HUGE influence.

Rick James

Rick James, Bitch!

You don’t need me to tell you that Gymnasty is totally Rad. See it while you can!

Cameron Gray’s Gymnasty will be on Exhibit Through January 3rd, 2015 at Mike Weiss Gallery, Located at 520 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Cameron Gray Gymnasty Signage

Video Clip of The Week: “Tame Impala” By Sunflower Bean

There might not be a more ingeniously clever way for a new band to get their song noticed than to name that song after one of the arguably best/most popular bands on the planet right now. Of course, I’m talking about Tame Impala (AKA Tim & Paula). Being all awash in fuzz guitars and psychedelic feedback, the Sunflower Bean tune “Tame Impala” serves as an emphatic homage to Kevin Parker’s Australian hypno-groove project, whether or not it actually has anything to do with that band. Like I’m saying, what a great marketing ploy!

This video might be best experienced if you still have an acid hangover from last night, but even if you’re stone cold sober you are going to appreciate whoever had the idea to drip what looks like a hot vanilla pudding over a shelf full of sports trophies, after raiding the inventory of prism tape wallpaper from the local art supply store. Strobe lights, mid-1970s Black Light Posters and a Plasma Sphere all purchased from Spencer’s Gifts at the local Mall complete the scene. I could watch this video all day!

Lead vocals on “Tame Impala” are shared alternately by guitarist Nick Kivlen who maintains the mellow, head-trippy vibe and bassist Julia Cumming, who adds her own punk edge. We also appreciate how the song takes off on a Black Sabbath-inspired Stoner Rock sojourn around the 2:26 mark. Heavy. And please note that drummer Jacob Faber bears a striking resemblance to a young Neil Peart! Ah, there is just so much to like about this young (teenage, even), Brooklyn based rock trio!

No word on a new /upcoming album just yet, but you can be their fan on FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

Sunflower Bean Band
Sunflower Bean — The Band

Video Clip of The Week: The Black Angels, “The Flop”



Choosing “The Flop” from Austin’s The Black Angels for today’s Video Clip of the Week was a no brainer, to say the least. The awesome clip, which meshes a live performance of the song with hypnotizing graphics, reminds me of an obscure tune from an under-loved 60s band that’s been used to great effect as the soundtrack for the drug / orgy scene from a Mario Bava film. If you know what I’m talking about, great; if not, it doesn’t matter.

“The Flop” comes from The Black Angel’s latest 7-track offering, Clear Lake Forest (on Blue Horizon) which enjoyed a limited vinyl release on Record Store Day, but is now available in a variety of formats, including 12″ clear vinyl, CD and digitally. Visit the band’s webstore at This Link. Enjoy!

Black Angels CD Cover

Kelsey Brooks: Better Living Through Chemistry at Judith Charles Gallery

Kelsey Brooks Group of Four
All Photos By Gail

On Saturday night, Geoffrey and I made an unplanned pit stop into the Judith Charles Gallery, having been attracted in from the sidewalk, to view an eye catching exhibit from San Diego based artist Kelsey Brookes. Entitled Better Living Through Chemistry, this show features a large body of work and is Brookes‘ first solo exhibition in New York.

Kelsey Brooks Wall

Brookes’ appealing visual style derives from his background in molecular biology, which, of course, explains why these round canvases look like acid trip influenced interpretations of human brain scans. According to the press release, “Brookes has taken his knowledge of scientific images and expanded them into extremely intricate paintings that explore the mutability of human consciousness. His painstaking process involves the painting of hundreds of concentric shapes that are both psychedelic and grounded in empiricism.” This exhibit reminded me a bit of Holton Rower’s equally colorful Pour Paintings show at The Hole from last year.

Kelsey Brooks Pink

Kelsey Brooks Multi Colored

The many round canvases vary in size from 12-inches in diameter up to a size that nearly fills an entire wall. While they are very similar, each one is uniquely different from the next.

Kelsey Brooks Large Yellow
This One Covers nearly an Entire Wall

There are also a selection of large rectangular canvases with designs that are very similar to a sky full of exploding fireworks. I am not sure how much longer this show will be up, but you should definitely check it out if you are in the neighborhood.

Kelsey Brooks B&W Fireworks

Kelsey Brooks Pink Fireworks

Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, Brookes’ paintings create a very psychedelic personal viewing experience, especially to those who are, or have ever been, as Jimi Hendrix so precisely put it, “Experienced.”

Kelsey Brooks Multi-Colored Fireworks

Kelsey Brookes Better Living Through Chemistry is on Exhibit through January 2014 (I’m guessing this means through the end of the month though no specifc date is listed on the Gallery website), at the Judith Charles Gallery (formerly Charles Bank Gallery), Located at 196 Bowery (at Spring street), New York, NY 10012. Hours are Wednesday to Friday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Weekends 12 Noon – 6:00 PM.

Kelsey Brooks Exhibit Signage

Must See Art: Yayoi Kusama’s I Who Have Arrived In Heaven At David Zwirner

Yayoi Kusama Manhattan Suicide Addict
Yayoi Kusama in a Scene from “Manhattan Suicide Addict” (All Photos By Gail)

According to gallery employees at David Zwirner, last Friday night’s opening of Yayoi Kusama’s I Who Have Arrived in Heaven wasn’t just a Reception: it was an Event, complete with a personal appearance by the 84-year old living legend. And yes, she reportedly wore the bright red wig! We are very sorry to have missed that, but we did make it to the much less crowded Zwirner gallery on Saturday to take in I Who Have Arrived in Heaven‘s sculptures, paintings, video installation and one of two mirrored rooms that made our heads explode. The comprehensive exhibit fills all three of Zwirner’s adjoining spaces on West 19th Street, where a feast for the eyes awaits you in every room. It is high-fives all around for Zwirner on their inaugural Kusama exhibit, and if this marks your first exposure to this artist’s heavily psychedelic creations, you are in for a huge treat.

Yayoi Kusama Pink Dotted Flower Shoes

Kusama’s trademark polka dots are evident on two very fun sculptures of flowers growing out of shoes, which are visible from 19th Street. These pieces reminded me of Minnie Mouse on acid. Each flower has a convex mirror at its center so that, if you can get close enough, you can put your face in the flower and trip out.

Yayoi Kusama Yellow Dotted Flower Shoes

Yayoi Kusama Painting

This exhibition features twenty-seven new large-scale paintings featuring vibrant colors and repetitious patterns. Most are highly detailed and very whimsical in nature.

Yayoi Kusama Painting

Yayoi Kusama Painting Blue and Orange Detail
Detail from Painting Above

Yayoi Kusama 3 Paintings

This shot above will give you an idea of the scale of these canvases. The images and details from this series of paintings reminded me of the artwork from the first Tom Tom Club album (and video for “Genius of Love”) and also from the hyper-violent cartoon series, Super Jail, of which I am a huge fan.

Yayoi Kusama Painting Eyes Detail
Eyes Detail from Painting

Yayoi Kusama Manhattan Suicide Addict

In yet another room, which is book-ended by 12-foot high infinity mirrors, there is a video installation of Yayoi performing her original song, “Manhattan Suicide Addict.” As Yayoi sings the song, which has very beautiful and poetic lyrics, an animated slide show of her selected artworks moves behind her. Geoffrey and I watched it four or five times. It was just insane.

As if all of the sculptures and paintings and videos were not enough to make you squeal, there are also two Infinity-Mirrored Room installations. Yes, I just typed that. Here is what it looks like inside one of them.

Yayoi Kusama Love Is Calling Installation

This installation is entitled Love Is Calling, and it is comprised of a darkened, mirrored room illuminated by inflatable, tentacle-like forms, which are covered in Kusama’s characteristic polka dots, that extend from floor to ceiling, gradually changing color. Very psychedelic! Simply put, I did not want to leave this room. Of course, there was a  line to to enter (I can’t even imagine what it was like on opening night)  but even though they only let about 6 or 7 people enter at one time, the line moves pretty fast,  and it is so totally worth the wait, so don’t get discouraged!

Yayoi Kusama Love Is Calling Installation

Sadly, a very packed afternoon agenda would not allow us enough wiggle room to wait in the hours-long line to experience the second room, which is the exhibition’s centerpiece,  Mirrored Infinity Room: The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. This mirrored, cubed-shaped room features a shallow reflecting pool as its floor. Hundreds of multicolored LED lights are suspended at varying heights and they flicker on and off in a strobe-like effect, producing an intense illumination of the space and a repetitive pattern of reflections that suggest endlessness. WOW. I will be making a return trip to experience that head trip, for sure.

Yayoi Kusama’s I Who Have Arrived In Heaven will be on exhibit through December 21, 2013 at David Zwirner Galleries, Located at 519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District, New York.

Yayoi Kusama Exhibit Signage