I was lucky enough to get to visit the DigiBarn, a computer museum in beautiful Boulder Creek, California. I was quite impressed, but was more impressed when I realised that it also held a significant archive of Timothy Leary's materials. Leary was the leading figure in bringing psychadelic drugs to the American masses, and was one of the most fascinating and important figures in the 1960s. Massive numbers of newspaper clippings, along with albums, books, zines, and more, it's an impressive collection of items. There was one piece in particular that fits my interests.
Bruce Damer showed me a piece of folded paper and on it was written a description of Leary's trip on mushrooms. It was apparently pretty good, because pieces were redacted using a gold pen, but when Bruce opened up the paper, it showed the second image: a poster for a Jasper Johns show at the Leo Castelli Gallery at 4 East 77th street in New York. This was a significant show, and it featured the legendary pait of Ballantine's Ale cans, which I would say is his most significant sculpture!
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.