Mark McCloud's collection, also
known as the "Institute of Illegal Images" is the most comprehensive
collection of decorated LSD blotter paper in the world. As such, the
collection has been the target of two criminal trials where McCloud was
forced to defend not only the collection, but also his own liberty. The
story behind these events is best told by journalists:
• The Cure of Souls at Psychedelic Solution Gallery, 1988 - curated by Mark McCloud, video clip.
• The Art of Acid by Andy Soma for Seconds Magazine, Issue #5 - 1988 – "Examples of true American folk art, like whittling."
Not Acid, It's Art! in Artnet News, 4/9/01 – "After a two-week-long
trial in federal court in Kansas City, Mo., San Francisco artist
Mark McCloud -- notorious in the annals of psychedelic
art for his 25-year-long quest to compile a complete collection of LSD
blotter art -- was acquitted by a local jury of felony charges of conspiracy
to distribute LSD."
Blotter Art by Thomas Lyttle, for MAPS (Multidisciplinary
Association for Psychedelic Studies) Bulletin
volume xiv number 1 summer 2004, also see the article in PDF format
das Unsichtbare sichtbar machen by Dr. Christian Rätsch
for the Entheogene: Blätter Issue - Ausgabe 11 – April / 2003,
click here for a PDF version of the magazine:
• Alucinarte by
Alfredo García for PunksUnidos.com
IV Review by RevMeO, June, 2003 edited & published by Erowid,
"Mark McCloud -- the blotter art man -- presented the most fun speech/slideshow
of the conference. The art was fantastic and his notations about each piece often
led to humorous anecdotes. He also came bearing gifts (simple blotter art) -
that's always a crowd pleaser."
– A Showing of Blotter Acid Art Curated by Mark
McCloud at the Rico Gallery In Santa Monica, "A comprehensive historical
survey of the most renowned and mind bending blotter acid art of the
1960s through 1990s. This exhibition features
selected works from the world's largest collection of blotter acid art."
Magazine, Issue 20 - A quarterly, hard-cover magazine out of Vancouver
BC devotes sixteen pages to an interview with Mark and a selection
Blotter Barn images.
• The Spirit
of Basel, International Symposium on the Occasion of the 100th Birthday
of Albert Hofmann - "On
the occasion of the 100th birthday of Dr. Albert Hofmann on 11 January
2006, the Gaia Media Foundation stages an International Symposium on
the most widely known and most controversial discovery of this outstanding
scientist… experts will present an in-depth review of all aspects
of this unique phenomenon, informing and discussing history, experiences,
implications, assess the risks and benefits of this most potent of
all psychoactive substances. LSD - a challenge in the past, now,
and in the future." Mark is honored to be amongst the confirmed
speakers for this upcoming event.
• Blotter Art: The Institute of Illegal Images, Juxtapose Magazine - Interview with Mark McCloud by Rak Razam. "The downstairs lounge of McCloud’s San Francisco home is a private art gallery dedicated to what could be called America’s most “illuminating” art form, de-activated samples and sheets of acid from the sixties to the noughts collected everywhere from the local street corner to the other side of the world. Stumbling through his collection is like one giant flashback to every acid trip you’ve ever had, immortalized right there on his wall"
• A Morning With the Godfather of Blotter Art, Haight Ashbury Beat Newspaper - By Adam Brody, Editor - "San Francisco is the veritable birthplace of psychedelic blotter acid art, and The Beat recently had the opportunity to sit down with its Godfather and preemminent collector, Mark McCloud, at his house in the Mission District - known unofficially as the Institute of Illegal Images."
• In A Perfect World - 23: Blotter Art: The Institute of Illegal Images, "In conversation with Mark McCloud, acid blotter art historian and 60s archivist in his home in the Mission district of San Francisco, August, 2009. In which experiential podcaster Rak Razam learns from the master about the colorful and mind-expanding history of blotter art, from the early acid chemist oufits like the "Ghost" and the underground crews that ran the business of enlightenment. Discover who first put artwork on blotter and how the process of dipping the chemical on artwork was evolved."
• Dropping Into Acid by Joshua Cobos for The Bold Italic "He (Mark) introduced me to the main parlor, where a massive collection of framed blotter paper hung. (Mark has over 33,000 sheets in his possession). Around the house, rock ’n’ roll ephemera, psychedelic literature, and art have become part of hallways, kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. This in part due to the grand assortment of artists that have passed through the house. More than showcasing any particular artist, though, Mark’s displays have become massive psychedelic installations."