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In this show, and accompanying book, Gareth McConnell appropriates the title of Robert Anton Wilson’s counter culture classic of the same name. Taking as his starting point the heavily mythologized status of Ibiza as a key ingredient in the ‘second summer of love’ and of the acid house movement and ecstasy culture that followed, McConnell considers the ancient and fundamental need to commune and overcome human separateness. By revisiting and reworking his accumulated photographic archive, the artist offers a low fidelity meditation on youth, hedonism and escape, as expressed in mass spiritual gatherings and orgiastic rituals of music, dancing and drug taking. It’s also an exploration  of the commercial and legal aspects of a culture that was once deemed so subversive that British law was changed in an attempt to outlaw and control it – a change that resonates today in the continued criminalisation of free assembly and peaceful protest.

3rd – 28th March, 2014 Monday – Friday 9am -6pm

Waterfront Gallery, University Campus Suffolk, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ

Riot Van Sorika

Riot Van, London, 2011
223 x 150 cm
Archival inkjet print in two sections

Untitled, (archetypal distorquere II), 2014

Untitled, (archetypal distorquere II), 2014
80 x 100 cm
Archival inkjet print in three sections, glue, tape

Untitled, (God & Man composite), 2013
Untitled, (God & Man composite), 2013
224 x 160 cm
Archival inkjet print in two sections

Untitled, (God & Man composite) detail II, 2013

Untitled, (God & Man composite), detail I, 2013

Untitled, (God & Man composite) detail I, 2013

Untitled, (God & Man composite), detail II, 2013

Totem I 2014_1

Totem I, 2014
40 x 600 cm
Archival inkjet print in six sections, tape, coloured card, pins

Totem I, detail, 2014

Totem I, detail, 2014

Copter Eclipse_Sorika

Copter Eclipse, 2013
20 x 25 cm
Archival inkjet print

Gallery of Hate (Poll Tax Riots)

Gallery of Hate, (remember the Poll Tax Riots), 2013
80 x 64 cm
Archival inkjet print

Pills Sorika

Untitled (Pills II), 2014
50 x 60.5 cm
Archival inkjet print

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Machines, 2010
50 x 33.7 cm
Cibachrome print

Untitled, (AS-Distorquere-IX-AA), 2014

Untitled triptych, (AS-Distorquere-IX-AA), 2014
336 x 140 cm
Archival inkjet print in three sections, tape, coloured paper

Untitled triptych, (AS-Distorquere-IX-AA), detail II, 2014

Untitled triptych, (AS-Distorquere-IX-AA), detail I, 2014

Untitled triptych, (AS-Distorquere-IX-AA), detail III, 2014

Untitled triptych, (AS-Distorquere-IX-AA), detail II, 2014

Untitled triptych, (AS-Distorquere-IX-AA), detail, 2014

Untitled triptych, (AS-Distorquere-IX-AA), detail III, 2014

Untitled, (test cover for Sex, Drugs & Magick, Book One), 2013 29.5 x 42 cm

Untitled, (test cover for Sex, Drugs & Magick, Book One), 2013
29.5 x 42 cm
Inkjet print, card, tape (gaffer &clear)
Untitled, (litho tears from Sex, Drugs & Magick, Book Two x 2), 2014 1 48 x 30cm

Untitled diptych, (tears from Sex, Drugs & Magick, Book Two), 2014
48 x 30cm
Lithographic prints

CoalescenceBW Sorika
Coalescence II, 2013
60.5 x 50 cm
Archival inkjet print

Queen of Shake_Sorika

Untitled, (Queen of Shake), 2013
100cm x 125 cm
Archival inkjet print
Untitled, (litho tear from Sex, Drugs & Magick, Book Two x1), 2014 24 x 30 cm

Untitled, (tear from Sex, Drugs & Magick, Book Two x1), 2014
24 x 30 cm
Lithographic print

Untitled, (Shelter I), 2013

Untitled, (Shelter I), 2013
50 x 40 cm
Archival inkjet print

Aura Hands

Untitled, (Osho Aura Hands), 2013
70 x 87.5 cm
Archival inkjet print

Terpsichoreans I, 2013

Terpsichoreans I, 2013
140 x 112 cm
Archival inkjet print

Untitled, (K), 2014

Untitled, (K), 2014
26 x 32.5 cm
Archival inkjet print

Terpsichorean II, 2013

Terpsichorean II, 2013
45 x 56 cm
Archival inkjet print

Untitled, (Evolution, Spheres, Grid), 1 2014

Untitled, (Evolution, Spheres, Grid), 2014
112 x 140 cm
Archival inkjet print in four sections, tape, coloured paper

Untitled, (Evolution, Spheres, Grid), 2014 DETAIL 2

Untitled, (Evolution, Spheres, Grid), detail, 2014

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Untitled, (tears from Sex, Drugs & Magick, Book Two x 17), 2014
30 x 408 cm
Lithographic prints, glue, tape, marker pen

King of Shake_Sorika

Untitled, (King of Shake), 2014
100 x 125 cm
Archival inkjet print

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Royal College of Art, London both purchase close your eyes for their collections.

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Invitation copy

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