The Paradise Clubis New York artist Wes Lang's scrapbook take on the golden era of David Crosby, psychedelic drugs and Hell's Angels. Lang collides the contradictions, hopes and fallacies of the 1960s and 70s in a joyfully messy whirlwind of R. Crumb, Philip Guston, 70s porn, Easy Riderand the Grateful Dead, expressing an ambivalent love affair with the Americana of the times across collages, appropriated girlie magazine photographs, Polaroids and acrylic paintings with bumper-sticker mottos such as "if it feels good, do it!" This grab-bag approach to history is described by the artist as a personal narrative: "I like to take American history and then completely ignore it. I come at it visually, taking images and telling my own story. It comes out of criticism and great love." The pages of The Paradise Club are permeated with the easygoing spirit of psychedelia, with frequent interjections of more critical slogans and images.
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