The art: Philip Taaffe, Choriosa Speciosia II, 2007, via Ken Johnson’s upcoming book “Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art.” Johnson: “In Taaffe’s painting called Choriosa Speciosa I (2007), ten blown-up photographic images of green leaves, each with seven leaflets are arrayed across the surface as though adhered to a transparent membrane, beyond which you see luminous, marbelized abstraction. The leaves look a bit like marijuana, but in fact they are from a South American tree from which an ingredient sometimes used in the entheogenic (divinity-generating) beverage ayahuasca is obtained. By combining the perceptual effects of Op art and the talismanic vibe of non-Western decorative motifs, his paintings function, notionally at least, as inducers of altered consciousness.”
The news: “Former Presidents: End the Drug War, Legalize Marijuana,” by Conor Friedersdorf for The Atlantic.
The source: www.philiptaaffe.info.
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