Brion Gysin: Dream Machine

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Laura J. Hoptman
Merrell, 2010 - Art - 196 pages
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Any attempt to categorize Brion Gysin (1916-1986) runs the risk of misrepresenting a truly radical trailblazer. Artist, poet, subversive---Gysin was all these things and more. During his lifetime. he embraced a myriad of artistic forms, producing paintings, drawings. photocollages, installations, poetry. film, and sound recordings, often taking his chosen medium in new and unexpected directions while influencing the work of others. Perhaps best known among Gysin's many creations are the Cut-Up Method, which he explored with his lifelong friend and collaborator William S. Burroughs, and the Dreamachine, a kinetic sculpture developed with Ian Sommerville that uses the "flicker" effect to induce visions in those who allow its light to play on their closed eyelids. Since his death, Gysin's work has only increased in popularity, and he continues to inspire an array of artists, writers, poets, and musicians

Brion Gysin: Dream Machine is the first detailed study of Gysin's cuvre in both art-historical and contemporary contexts. Incisive essays explore the many facets of Gysin's life and work, while such contemporary artists as Trisha Donnelly. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Scott Treleaven offer their own highly personal appreciations of this relatively neglected yet influential figure. Illustrated throughout with a comprehensive selection of Gysin's work, and featuring a reproduction of a do-it-yourself Dreamachine, this exciting new book dares to capture the remarkable legacy of an artistic visionary

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Gerard Audinet is Chief Curator at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Lauren Cornell is Executive Director of Rhizome, and Adjunct Curator at the New Museum, New York
John Geiger is the author of Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine (2003) and Nothing is True Everything is Permitted: The Life of Brian Gysin (2005).
James Grauerholz is an editor, a writer, and an independent scholar affiliated with the American Studies program at the University of Kansas. He is also the executor of the literary estates of Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs
Laura Hoptman is Kraus Family Senior Curator at the New Museum, New York.
Amy Mackie is Curatorial Associate at the New Museum, New York.

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