Gareth McConnell: Sex, Drugs & Magick (Book One)
1. Thou shalt not force thy neighbor to alter his consciousness.
2. Thou shalt not prevent thy neighbor from altering his consciousness. *
‘The government, which violates the second of these commandments every day, is now beginning to violate the first, forcing students in some schools to take Ritalin, an amphetamine – like drug that quiets unruly children but may have side effects not yet known. It is likely, given the general character of governments, that similar violations will multiply beyond all our guesses when bureaucrats discover that they have such delightful new toys as drugs that will reduce whole populations to perpetual childhood, decrease their aggressive rebelliousness, stunt their alertness and generally turn them into the drones described by Aldous Huxley in his Brave New World. The heretic of the 21st Century might be, not a man who takes a drug the government forbids, but a man who refuses a drug the government commands.’
Robert Anton Wilson (final paragraph from Sex, Drugs & Magick, 1987)
Produced as the first in a series of companion books to ‘Close Your Eyes’ this work continues to revisit and rework the portrait series of young clubbers that McConnell photographed on the island of Ibiza between the years 2001 -11.
29.7 × 42 cm
Recycled brown cardboard backing with staples & gaffer
Inkjet on 170 gsm matt paper
Edition of 23 + 5 AP
Signed & editioned by the artist