James Van Arsdale - Artist - Santa Barbara, California

Blitzed, 2010-2011
Mixed-media installation with video projection (8 min. 23 sec. looped) and kinetics. Dimensions variable.
Shown below on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara in 2011 as part of the exhibition Eating Apples in Paradise curated by Miki Garcia.
Read a review of the show by Josef Woodard, Scene magazine, Santa Barbara News-Press, March 11, 2011

Blitzed is an investigation into the search for the psychological paradise through the LSD "trip" and the role of California as birthplace, culturally speaking, of acid and psychedelic culture. Combined with this is the physical "blitzing", the image of the bombed and burned structure, that not only references the historic Bank of America burning in Isla Vista in 1970 and the Santa Barbara 1925 earthquake, but also the anxiety for all that live in Santa Barbara and California regarding the impending doom of wildfire and earthquake. This is combined with the California counter-culture and youth culture, the Acid Tests in northern and southern California in 1965-66, the music industry presence, the 1967 Moneterey Pop Festival, Disneyland and Dr. Suess. These come together into a wildly colored assault on the senses in the form of a twisted museum diorama.

JamesVanArsdale, Blitzed: installation view
JamesVanArsdale, Blitzed: installation view
JamesVanArsdale, Blitzed: installation view
JamesVanArsdale, Blitzed: installation view
Blitzed: installation view
Blitzed: installation view
Blitzed: installation view
Blitzed: installation view
Blitzed: installation view
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