The Innately Psychedelic and Kaleidoscopic Excellence of Lisa Eisner, Publisher, Fashion Editor, Muse, and, Ultimately, Outstanding Artist

Primarily applauded for her photographic explorations of the American West in books such as Shriners and Rodeo Girl, publisher (Greybull Press), fashion editor (Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Paris Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Magazine) and muse (Tom Ford, among others), Lisa Eisner has now focused her exquisitely discerning eye on nature with Psychonaut, a mashup of the past four years of her work. Eisner says that it’s as if she “threw the photos in the air and cut them all up as they were falling down.” From the exhibition press release:Psychonaut is a kaleidoscopic adventure into a vibrant world of seeming randomness, a collection of one-of-a-kind assemblages without editions and without using Photoshop that is her most personal work to date.Taking the title from the Greek word meaning literally, “a sailor of the mind/soul,” Psychonaut explores the journey of a spiritual seeker who uses altered states of consciousness to address spiritual questions in a modern way, without the use of psilocybin. Eisner draws inspiration from the kindred spirit of Buckminster Fuller and his geodesic domes, Native American culture, geometry, nature, birds, and a homegrown spirituality. Her method is to, “accidentally discover what isn’t an accident” by working hands-on with the images. She is informed by the colors and textures of the photos rather than the themes and composition, and allows the process to guide the series. What emerges is a handcrafted, threedimensional psychedelic explosion that is alternately bright and soothing, meditative and disorienting. Psychonaut does not explain but self-propagates the creative source from where it came. Eisner collaborated with Matt Monroe on the dome structure for Psychonaut and with Haley Alexander van Oosten/L’Oeil du Vert on the scent sculptures.”  The exhibition is on view until June 5, 2010 at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles. For more information, Please click HERE.

Kaleidoscopic Excllence: Lisa Eisner's Pyschonaut, 2010. © Lisa Eisner, Courtesy M+B Gallery, Los Angeles.

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