The Drug Artist


Paul Laster reviews Fred Tomaselli's retrospective at The Brooklyn Museum:

A practitioner of psychedelic dreams, artist Fred Tomaselli turns mindscapes into visual landscapes. Layering print media, marijuana leaves, pills, and paint under layers of resin, Tomaselli constructs networks of awe-inspiring elements that come together to form a transcendental vision of parts of the universe. ...

Creating a touchstone for important global issues from the war in Afghanistan to the discovery of underwater uranium in Bolivia Tomaselli turns our mediated, consumer-saturated world into a marvelous play land, where we canĀ  jump on a ride to the next realm.

(Image of Dead Eyed Bird Blast, by Fred Tomaselli, which includes hemp leaves, pills, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel.)