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Godfathers exhibition

GODFATHERS: An Exploration Into Psychedelic, Counterculture, Rock & Roll Art History at The Chambers Project

Opening on March 9th, 2024 at The Chambers Project gallery in Grass Valley, CA

Showcases the golden era of psychedelic art with collections from iconic artists: Roger Dean, Ralph Steadman, Rick Griffin, and Jacaeber Kastor, side-by-side for the first time The Chambers Project to launch the Psychedelic Arts and Culture Trust (PACT) at ‘Godfathers’ opening night.

Grass Valley, CA — The Chambers Project, (627 E Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945) the global epicenter of the psychedelic art movement and renowned gallery destination, is excited to announce the grand opening of ‘Godfathers: An Exploration Into Psychedelic, Counterculture, Rock & Roll Art History’ on March 9th, 2024. Curated by Brian Chambers, driven by his personal aesthetic and most influential artists, this exhibition immerses visitors in the vibrant era of psychedelic art, showcasing collections by iconic artists Ralph Steadman, Rick Griffin, Roger Dean, and Jacaeber Kastor, side-by-side for the first time.

Brian Chambers, founder of The Chambers Project, has been a pioneering figure in championing psychedelic art since the mid-1990s. His dedication to preserving the legacy of this art movement has culminated in “Godfathers,” a showcase that transcends traditional exhibition curation and reflects Chambers’ influential curation taste. The centerpieces of Godfathers are paintings and drawings by four master artists of the era, Ralph Steadman, Rick Griffin, Roger Dean, and Jacaeber Kastor.

The exhibition features Roger Dean’s seismic status through iconic pieces like “Relayer,” licensed by Yes for their seminal album, while the recent $960,0000 sale of Dean’s masterpiece “The Quest” emphasizes his enduring artistic legacy. Renowned for his collaboration on “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Ralph Steadman’s raw, visceral art is exclusively available in this exhibit, featuring his historic original inks and defining works.

Rick Griffin, a luminary of the era, contributes rare pieces, including the original artwork for “The Flying Eyeball,” globally recognized as the most iconic rock concert poster of all time and recently sold for 175K. Beyond these psychedelic titans, the exhibition includes diverse elements such as Peter Max’s “Icarus” neon sign and signed LSD blotter sheets, offering a unique glimpse into the visual history of the acid underground. Collections from Jacaeber Kastor, founder of the famed Psychedelic Solution and mentor to Chambers, will be on display, further contextualizing the influence of psychedelic art on music and culture.

For the first time, over one half of the exhibited pieces will be available for sale. Enthusiasts can acquire works from the iconic “Fear and Loathing” collection by Ralph Steadman, half of the Rick Griffin grails, and all of Roger Dean’s pieces on display in the exhibition. Ralph Steadman’s historic original inks from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” initially published in Rolling Stone magazine, will be among the featured artworks available for purchase.

Notably, the inaugural night of the ‘Godfathers’ exhibit will mark the official launch of the Psychedelic Arts and Culture Trust (PACT), a non profit serving as an extension of The Chambers Project committed to honoring the past and shaping the future of psychedelic arts and culture. The Chambers Project gallery will thoughtfully split the ‘Godfathers’ exhibit on one side and PACT on the other, providing a glimpse into the PACT’s trajectory as a vibrant community hub, driven by education and illustrating the chronological impact of psychedelics on arts and culture throughout history. PACT will cover a dynamic space where attendees can experience music and transformative activations throughout the evening.


Wixarika art benefit exhibition

Wixáritari Peyote Paintings and Photos Will Preserve the Desert

The Psychedelic Arts and Culture Trust/The Chambers Project

Saturday 4th – 25th May, 2024

The Psychedelic Arts and Culture Trust is hosting a benefit exhibit for the Wirikuta Preservation Project, an organization of the Wixáritari tribe of North Western Mexico, California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. The Wixáritari are also known as Huichol, a colonial name derived from mispronunciation.

In all ancient cultures, rich and complex rituals balance the need to survive with reverence for the natural world that sustains humanity. Most of these cultures have been lost to time, but the Wixárika people of Northern Mexico have resisted destruction. Witnessing the violence and oppression of the colonialist Spanish, the Wixáritari retreated to the difficult terrain of the Sierra Madre mountains, where they remained safe from the conquistadors and nurtured their ancient traditions, preserving them for the present and passing them on to future generations. Like many indigenous peoples, the Wixáritari have a profound reverence for the delicate natural ecosystems that sustain life, acknowledged especially by their sacred annual pilgrimage to the valley of Wirikuta, where their ancestors first prayed with the help of Hikuri (the peyote cactus).

At the beginning of time the water that made life in the desert possible sprang from the forehead of a deer. Hikuri grew in the tracks of that first deer, and in turn became the first ear of corn, and then the drinking bowl of Grandfather Fire, the greatest and oldest of the Wixarika gods, named Tatewari. Fiery Tatewari led the Wixáritari to Wirikuta, the center of the world, and introduced them to Hikuri, and unless this profound memory is honored by the living, Tatewari will stop the rain, there will be no corn, and the deer will die of thirst. Thus, each year the Wixáritari leave their mountain home to travel through a sacred geography two hundred miles to the northeast. Guided by shamans called Marakames, masked pilgrims take on the identity of the ancestral gods. By completing the peyote hunt and eating the bitter flesh of Elder Brother Deer, they find their way to the land of the creation and become whole.   

Now, the traditional ways of the Wixáritari are in danger as commercial farming and mining interests encroach and destroy their sacred lands. The Wixáritari urgently need to preserve their ancient methods of restoring balance and harmony with nature, before the desert and their culture are annihilated. The Wirikuta Preservation Project fights to protect and sustain the ancient Hikuri gardens.

In 2022, the Project raised over $200,000, and purchased two hundred and forty-three hectares of land in the Wirikuta, but there is still much work to be done to save the vast valley from exploitation and destruction. More land must be purchased and protected. The Wixáritari maintain the balance of the threatened earth.

Wixárika nierikas are the centerpiece of the exhibit at The Chambers Project. Nierikas are beautiful works of art created from visions that come to the artists during religious ceremonies. These brightly colorful petitions to the gods are made from threaded beads glued to wood panels in intricate figurative and abstract compositions of a rich iconography including images of deer, cacti, and fire. Using this vision-inspired artwork to save the land where peyote grows is a mystical example of this mysterious and metaphysical cactus acting to save itself. As well as the extraordinary beaded art, the exhibit also shares unique photographs of the Wixárika people taken during the last five years, walking side by side with the pilgrims, and at the ceremonial center of Tunuwame. Every sale of art and photographs supports the artists and their families, and helps fund the Wirikuta Preservation Project. Purchases are an act of preservation of sacred lands, ecological biodiversity, and endangered culture.

The exhibit is the first at the Psychedelic Arts and Culture Trust (PACT), a newly formed 501C3 company dedicated to the preservation of the extraordinary legacy and treasure of American psychedelia, a unique phenomenon in the rich history of Western art. The Psychedelic Arts and Culture Trust includes a museum exhibiting historic art, and a multi-use space for workshops and rotating events. PACT is focused on how psychedelics affected art and culture in the past, how they relate to the present day, and how they shape the art and culture of the future.







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