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Spaced Out: Psychedelics

A panel discussion moderated by Hamilton Morris and Nese Devenot, with artists Deborah Kass, Chris Martin, Ken Johnson, Bruce Pearson, and Fred Tomaselli that took place November 22, 2014 as part of the public programs series curated and produced by The Brooklyn Rail introduced by Phong Bui at Red Bull Studios New York.

The accompanying exhibiton, Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior, curated by Phong Bui at Red Bull Studios New York, ran October 10 – December 14, 2014. The show was a collective and playful exploration of psychedelic consciousness in contemporary art that crosses the boundary between the dream-world and reality. This exhibition featured artists, born between the 1930s and 1980s, who have common interests in psychedelic experience, disordered time perception, consensus trance induction, turn on-tune in-drop out, temporal illusion, altered states of awareness, and novelty theory. Utilizing the psychedelic as a viable space of artistic creation—heightened uses of color, exuberant patterns, distorted forms, fantastical imagery in repetition or randomness, and a highly idiosyncratic visual language—the works seek to challenge our perception.


Off The Rail


Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.