Posts tagged “psychedelic

Matrix: The San Francisco Sound of 1967

An example of the early psychedelic rock handbills which Steven Arnold created for the famed Matrix nightclub in San Francisco's Fillmore District beginning in mid-1967.  Arnold was among the very first psychedelic handbill artists in the city.

An example of the early psychedelic rock handbills which Steven Arnold created for the famed Matrix nightclub in San Francisco’s Fillmore District beginning in mid-1967. Arnold was among the very first psychedelic handbill artists in the city.

” I believe it was Steven who actually initiated hippie dress in San Francisco, before it was fashionable.”

IRA YEAGER
San Francisco Artist


UNTITLED (Spirit Guides)

UNTITLED (Spirit Guides) During the final years of his life, Steven Arnold returned to painting, completing a large body of visionary canvases which explore many topics including family, sex, mortality, celebration, and spirituality.

UNTITLED (Spirit Guides), oil on canvas, 1991
During the final years of his life, Steven Arnold returned to painting, completing a large body of visionary canvases through which he explored many interests including family, sex, mortality, dreams, celebration, and spirituality.


THE LIBERATION OF MANNIQUE MECHANIQUE

A still from American artist Steven Arnold's first film, "The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique."

A still from late American artist Steven Arnold’s first film,  “The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique” (1967).

Although best known for his photography, Steven Arnold also wrote, designed, and directed several groundbreaking visionary films.  including 1967’s The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique.  Stuart Comer of the Tate Modern (London) said of Mannique: “a macabre, decadent work presenting mannequins and models that travel through strange universes toward possible self-discovery.”  Brooklyn-based artist and writer Kate Wadkins in a recent online article observed: “Arnold’s films are dream-like visions of androgynous beings. Their narratives are modern-day fairy tales and reveries about gender—all through the lens of an acid trip.”  Mannique was most recently featured as a part of the ONE Archive’s Steven Arnold retrospective Cabinet of Curiosities (2012/2013), the Screen from Barcelona festival (2012), and the the Tate Modern’s Fashion and Film series (2011).  


UNTITLED DRAWING

Another example of American artist Steven Arnold's inventive drawings.

Another example of American artist Steven Arnold’s inventive drawings.


RUTH WEISS IN LUMINOUS PROCURESS

ruth weiss, American beat-poet who was the first to feature her strophes to the tune of live jazz music in 1950s San Francisco, in a still from Steven Arnold's Luminous Procuress.  Photo by Scott Runyon.

ruth weiss, American beat-poet, in a still from Steven Arnold’s film Luminous Procuress. Photo by Scott Runyon.


PSYCHEDELIC ROCK HANDBILLS

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This rarely seen drawing is representative of a period from 1966-67 during which Steven Arnold created posters and handbills for The Matrix nightclub in San Francisco, and for other local filmmakers and businesses.  For a selection of other examples of Arnold’s poster art CLICK HERE.


THE POSTER ART OF STEVEN ARNOLD

This rarely seen poster was created in the late 1960s by Steven Arnold for San Francisco filmmaker and scholar Larry Jordan.  The producer of this event, The Intersection for the Arts, called simply Intersection here, is still highly active in San Francisco, although now at a new address.  During this period, Arnold was also creating posters for the renowned San Francisco nightclub, The MatrixFollow the text links highlighted in blue in the preceding paragraph and those listed below for more information.

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

LIFE MET ART HERE (THE ORIGINS OF INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS)

STEVEN ARNOLD’S SERIES OF PSYCHEDELIC HANDBILLS