Farm Fest Visual Artist Spotlight: Psybe
With so many musical artists being featured in our festival spotlights, Sensible Reason and Farm Fest Music and Arts Festival thought it would be a nice change of pace to preview the work of live painters that have been an integral part not only of Farm Fest but of the transformational festival community as a whole. Get ready for a taste of multi-dimensional plasmic environment of Adam Psybe.
My personal taste often leads me astray from visionary art – I sometimes find this kind of artistic expression tends to be visually muddled and too detailed for its own good. In visionary art, an artist’s psychedelic-driven optimism and motivations can often stifle clarity and counteract the potential for truly original and unbounded imagination. Likewise, digital art often sacrifices organic expression for hyper-artificial landscapes filled with pre-conceived notions of the colorful vibrancy and scrupulous architecture of the “psychedelic.” The result is a lack of intelligibility and a dearth of personalized, identifying inspiration.
Psybe’s self-taught acrylic and aerosol spray methodology paired with his meticulous constructions find a satisfying balance between striking vividity and saturation of detail, helping him effectively evade these common pitfalls. Thematically, these visuals appear to be motivated by science fiction, math, terrestrial physics and an appreciation for technological innovation. The vision is fearlessly original, stripped of symbolism and identifiable structure but relentlessly captivating and mysteriously loaded with perpetually flowing information. To “look” at a Psybe painting is trivial, with such meticulous construction- you need to “watch” these layers of cosmic stardust unfold in front of you. Here is Psybe’s full bio:
“Psybe (Adam Carsons) is a self taught painter hailing from northern New Jersey. Examining his own large internal universe, Adam is a master at making the viewer guess at the meaning of his highly polished, complex worlds. Composing his spaces with spray-paint, he chisels down his iterated and flowing landscapes into unreal geometric explosions with fine line acrylic painting and hyper focused detail work. Recently breaking through into a quasi-realistic acrylic attained uniformity, Adam’s gradations and glazing are almost as painstakingly finessed as his defining use of warped perspectives and portrayals of higher dimensional space. Most of his paintings start with no plan or composition drawn out prior to working directly on canvas. An avid collector of all ambient and down tempo music old and new, Adam all ways has strange sound-scapes to influence his new and ever flowing work. Also influenced by science and technology we can find a great deal of subtle memes relating to evolution and morphogenesis. Rapidly transforming glowing grids of bubbling unknown technology, floating science fiction landscapes, and references of natural and fantastical biology have all found common place in Adam’s work. These aesthetics, microcosmic and macro-cosmic themes, and high concept mashed with futurism and cubism provide an explosive view to the mind of computation and symbolic logic. Shadowing the impending nano technology boom and use of confrontational molecular geometry in the human body, these paintings are hidden realms meant to ease the transition we are all making into a future of infinite complexity.”
Psybe’s live painting can often be found in Brooklyn and around the New York City area – and his national recognition is growing. He designs the graphics for Sonic Bloom Festival and was in Colorado this past weekend for his “Emergent Phenomena” exhibition at Knew Conscious Gallery, his first solo exhibition.
Check out more Psybe originals by liking the Psybe Visual Art Facebook page. Stay tuned with Sensible Reason for an interview with Psybe and other visual and musical artists that will be featured at Farm Fest this year.
Farm Fest will be held at the beautiful RickeyFarm in Vernon, NJ July 24th-26th. Tickets are available right now for the low price of $105. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the North East’s only transformational festival.