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Prepare for the recently dormant yet typically quite lively art gallery circuits in our fine town to get jolted back into activity this week with hundreds of openings scattered around the boroughs. There are about 20 shows opening in the Lower East Side alone this Wednesday, for instance, and another 50 in Chelsea on Thursday. Yes, 50. Just in Chelsea. Just this Thursday. And that's a low-balled estimate. So is the 20. Friday, then, will feature...
A rhinestone-bedazzled piglet, a baby chick dressed up as Pikachu, a pair of bear cubs with human faces: This is a random sampling of the work of Brooklyn's thriving community of taxidermy artists, who have made careers out of transforming dead animals into uncanny sculptures. They teach sold-out taxidermy classes at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, hawk their wares at the Bell House's Rogue Taxidermy Fair, and fill a staggering number of custom taxidermy orders, sometimes from clients like Neil Patrick Harris, a...
When Brooklyn-based psychotherapist Dr. Neal Goldsmith was 40, a midlife crisis of sorts inspired him to take LSD for the first time since college. “I worked then at American Express, in the sexiest job you can get in corporate America, and I was worried I’d become an asshole,” Goldsmith says. The resulting experience--during which he discovered a "glowing, throbbing orb-mound at the core of being"--led Goldsmith to quit his corporate job and open a...
Hypnagogia--a fancy Greek word for the transition from wakefulness to sleep--is a state of consciousness in which trippy mental phenomena like lucid dreaming, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis occur. It's a state that artists and scientists through the ages have famously mined for ideas--Beethoven, Salvador Dalí, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Isaac Newton all credited hypnagogia with enhancing their creativity. Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular, on view now at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, showcases otherworldly artworks implied to have been made while their creators were in...

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