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Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties Hardcover – June 17, 2008
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"Alastair Gordon’s big, richly illustrated book vividly recalls a time when boundaries of art, architecture and life were dissolving in a trippy haze, and utopia seemed but a stone’s throw away. Geodesic domes, magic buses, hobbity houses in the woods, mind-bending sculptures and light shows: Mr. Gordon chronicles these and other manifestations of the Aquarian revolution in an engaging style and with a generous spirit." ~The New York Times
"…..a dazzling romp through the built environment of the tripped-out hippie…"
~The New York Observer
"Through hundreds of groovy photos...Spaced Out shows how ambitiously experimental, hallucinogenically colorful, and at times laughably impractical the designs were–"
"Alastair Gordon's engrossing and intimately well researched book on the radical, experimental environments from this period, has something really serious to say, that the dazed and confused generation saw environmental Armageddon coming and tried to do something about it." ~Building Design Magazine
"With its wonderful images, Gordon's book could grace any coffee table but be just as comfortable on a shelf of late-20th-century architecture...buy it." ~The East Hampton Star
"An invaluable guide to what worked and what didn't."
About the Author
Alastair Gordon is a critic, curator, and author of several books, including Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons, Beach Houses: Andrew Geller, and Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Structure. He writes regularly for The New York Times.
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Surprise! I was not alone in developing artwork that hadn't been seen before; I was part of a huge explosion that I can now see and explore in this book.
Amazement! The motive feelings, thoughts, and intuitions that seemed to bubble up creatively in my work are now explained eloquently in strong narrative, yet compellingly poetic text that somehow helps it all come home. Like a finishing of some sort. Making the 60's elements concrete and conceptually available brings the 60's to a new level; makes a new platform and springboard.
The challenge is to continue the Spaced Out threads, keep weaving them together. The dreams so beautifully told in this book still haven't come true. Let's review and revel in our sixties history and then keep trucking.