"I created the DockLSD portrait in 2018. The original is 48”x36” and is made with chewed bubblegum. Dock Ellis was an MLB player who pitched a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 12, 1970 while tripping on LSD.
The other two blotter designs were created specifically for this project. They
are both variations of pieces that I have been creating over the last
year for a body of work revolving around the thematic similarities
between Ted Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) storybook, THE LORAX, and Ted Kaczynski’s (Unabomber) manifesto, 'Industrial Society And It’s Future.'
For decades, the remarkable story of Dock Ellis pitching a no-hitter
while high on LSD circulated mostly in the realm of baseball journalism.
Dock’s drug-induced performance is now well-known thanks in large part
to an animated short that was passed around the Internet, followed by a
feature-length documentary exploring the subject.
same token, obscure rumors of the CIA’s clandestine operations using LSD
in experiments involving mind-control on unwitting US citizens and US
military personnel in their top secret MK-ULTRA program was something
that circulated mostly in darkness, woven throughout nefarious
conspiracy theories. Now, those rumors have been confirmed with the
release of previously classified information through the FOIA (Freedom
of Information Act) and the many books that have since been published on
the findings of that information, which revealed detailed accounts of
the dark and torturous applications of LSD by the CIA.
a student at Harvard University in the late 1950’s, Ted Kaczynski
participated in a three year experiment that was supervised by men who
would later be exposed as having been key players in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA
The first time I
took LSD, I was alone, at home, and holed up in my bedroom so my parents
wouldn’t know that I was tripping my brains out. I only ventured
out of my bedroom once to go to the bathroom, and I got stuck for what
seemed like an eternity, staring at myself in the mirror, ignoring the
advice that I was given about not looking at yourself in the mirror
while tripping on acid.
Aside from the
warning about avoiding mirrors, the most helpful bit of wisdom that I
was given before I took LSD was to “set the table you want to sit at”.
That basically means that you prepare by getting into a positive
headspace and situating yourself in a familiar, friendly, and
comfortable environment where you can safely spend 10 hours crawling out
of your face.
My advice: (shaking a clenched fist...) Open your 3rd eye or I will open it for you!" - Pat Riot