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June 2012

Sinister Practices in Bright Sunshine
Joseph Steven Wonder McVetty

The skull masked participants of these drawings are acting out communal rituals involving new age occult signifiers such as crystals, chakras, energy fields, levitation, conjuring. Each painting aims to evoke feelings associated with the cultish, the drop-out and the homespun. There is also an interest in uniformed communities such as the the sweats-and sneakers-wearers in Marshall Applewhite’s Heaven’s Gate Disciples, the righteous, flowing biblical robes of Jim Baker and his Source Family, and even the half-dressed ecstasy of Charlie Manson’s sunbaked drugheads.

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