Thursday, December 12, 2013

cheap art gift guide

If your holiday spirit is enhanced through encouragement and support of the creative spirit, we here at the Center for the Obvious & (Im)Permacultural research invite you to consider the following:

SONIC FABRIC TIES (handmade in New York City from my textile woven from recorded cassette tape) are on sale through the end of the year for $20 off.

ECSTATIC MECHANISM, Julian Mock's latest collection of stunningly beautiful, unconventional compositions for solo guitar. "There is an ecstatic mechanism in birds that makes them fly upwards in spite of worms."- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 My latest project, just released: a limited-edition book on two decades of life and work at the intersection of art and science. Part catalog of my work, part manifesto on the ways that thinking shapes culture. PHILOSOPROPS: A UNIFIED FIELD GUIDE $40

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

yuletide traditions & the amanita muscaria mushroom

The evidence linking traditions commonly associated with Christmastime to the medicinal and ceremonial use of the Amanita muscaria mushroom by ancient (and modern) shamans is remarkable, yet little-known.


Shamans of Siberia have for many centuries revered the Amanita muscaria mushroom (red with white spots) as a sacred and magical plant. The ceremonial garments of these shamans are traditionally red and white, resembling the typical Santa-style suit.


The sacred mushrooms were gathered in sacks, and hung to dry on the hearth around the fireplace.


Reindeer – the animal allies and spirit guides of the Siberian shamans - are fond of eating Amanita muscaria mushrooms, which grow almost exclusively beneath pine trees.

When the Amanita muscaria mushroom is ingested, it produces a dizzying feeling of floating or weightlessness. When taken at night, it is often accompanied by the sensation of being able to see in the dark. 


I happened upon strings of Santa-head holiday lights at a discount store in Skowhegan, Maine back in 2004. I immediately acquired several strings, and set about creating these giant glowing mushrooms from papier-mache, using the Santa-heads in the caps:

Sunday, December 01, 2013


dear all, as 2013 winds to a close, i'm very pleased to announce that the project i have been excitedly immersed in for most of this year (and which has been in the back of my mind since at least 2001) has at last come to fruition:

as many of you already know, the philosoprops are intended as catalysts for dialog, &/or to illustrate ideas. during my big solo show in nyc back in january, it became amply apparent that the tangible pieces are merely by-products of a process of thought, and that this process is more "the work" than the actual objects themselves. this book is not a catalog that happens to contain images of my work – this is my entire body of work in the form of a book. it takes the objects out of the studio, gallery, or museum and offers the-work-behind-the-work directly to anyone interested.

the 100-page book was beautifully offset printed in an edition of 250 on 100% recycled paper at engelhart printing in wimberley, texas, with over half the edition already spoken for by supporters who secured copies in advance. i'm currently in the process of hand wrapping and addressing over 140 packages – it's such a treat to see so many familiar names, as well as so many whom i have never met. thanks so, so much to each and everyone who helped to make this project possible!!

there are still about 80 print copies available – long excerpts, as well as digital versions, can be found on the philosoprops: a unified field guide dedicated page.

in other news, ecstatic mechanism, my partner julian mock's phenomenal album of unconventional works for solo guitar, was released this fall as well. 

early reports indicate that the book and music work together synergistically.

wishing you and yours a warm and peaceful december,