“Everything was becoming allegorical, understood by the group mind, and especially this: “You’re either on the bus… or off the bus.””

        The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe 1968

Artist Statement

You’re either on the bus or off the bus.  I love reading this book.  Not a great book, but a great book.  Wolfe marks the excitement of that time like no other.  HIS EXCITEMENT!!!!  His creations…..new wordz—new worlds!  And it travels. Much like Huck’s river, we get to go along on Kesey’s bus.  I spent a fair amount of time hitchhiking around the country and still love that feeling of going somewhere – anywhere, whether physically or mentally.  The drugs, which during that time seemed so experimental and creatively liberating.  A time that seemed more patient and friendly to explore.  It now seems so hasty and hidden and costly.  The image of the bus: I couldn’t pass it up.  I started with the image of a faded day-glo bus mired in the swamp, forgotten in the back fields of Kesey’s Oregon farm.  Seemed like a metaphor of the 60s.   But that was too depressing and that time meant too much to me.  The bus took on a newer more positive look that seemed to be pervasive at that time.  It seemed that everyone was hitching around the country then and the gentler more caring society was blooming.

February 2014


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