Psychedelic Visions

April 4, 2008

Cartoonist and SVA faculty member Gary Panter (BFA Illustration and Cartooning, and MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Departments) has had a decades-long career, during which he has created comics, drawings, paintings, posters, record covers and more. A new self-titled book collects numerous examples of Panter’s often-psychedelic work in a two-volume, slipcase package. Gary Panter (PictureBox, 2008) brings together work from the 1970s to the present, including his iconic underground-comix character, Jimbo; design work for the Pee-wee’s Playhouse TV series; record covers for artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Frank Zappa; and many pieces from his sketchbooks. The book also features several essays by Byron Coley, Richard Gehr, Karrie Jacobs, Mike Kelley, Richard Klein and Robert Storr, as well substantial commentary by the artist himself.

In conjunction with the release of the book, the Clementine Gallery, 623 West 27th Street, is presenting “Gary Panter: Pictures from the Psychedelic Swamp: 1972 – 2001.” On view April 4 – May 10 (with an opening reception on Friday, April 4, 6 – 8pm), this show presents select works from the book in what the gallery is calling, “a complex and funky installation.” More of Panter’s work is also on view at a contemporaneous exhibition, “Gary Panter: Daydream Trap,” at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, through Sunday, August 31; and he will be curating a show of MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department thesis work at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, May 2 – 17.

Image: Cover of Gary Panter (PictureBox, 2008).

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