This is how you look on drugs

Drug taken: MDMA (click to enlarge)
Drug taken: MDMA (click to enlarge)

Les Baker V’s INEBRI-NATION project is one of a kind. One may look at it as another purely photographic work while others a bold take on drug use and in some cases, abuse.

Meet Les Baker, a New Mexico-based photographer who has embarked on the most ludicrous, yet interesting in many aspects, projects taking portraits of people at the moment when the subjects reach the ‘high’ state on different drugs.

The idea behind it is to showcase just how diverse the effects can be, with many various transformations of individuals’ faces. And this is why we like the concept, because we believe the last thing a drug user wants is to face their face in such a state.

Another point worth highlighting is the array of people who took part in this project. You may have thought participants are all drug addicts or heavy users and perhaps from a disadvantaged background, but you could not be more wrong.

“The individuals featured in this series showcase the diversity of those who use mind altering substances. They include students, servers, doctors, soldiers, lawyers, politicians, mothers, fathers, artists, teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and judges,” .

The Creators Project spoke to him about his influences, his visions, and why he started the project in the first place, so head over to find out more about it.

In the meantime, we included some of these portraits below, notice the caption for them which tells you what drug these (brave) souls are on.

Would you be up for having your face which you may not feel but you probably like it <– some may have worked out the reference to this tune “Can’t feel my face” by The Weekend… fitting nicely uh? 🙂

Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine
LSD
LSD
Cocaine
Cocaine
Crack Cocaine
Crack Cocaine
Oxycontin
Oxycontin
Psilocybin
Psilocybin
Ketamine
Ketamine
LSD
LSD

BRP PAPER at Black Rat Press

Preview evening at Black Rat Projects, Thursday 8/09/2011, 6-9pm. The show then will run until the 16th October 2011.

Light as a feather yet inscribed with the heavy history of stories told, the blank page has long since lost its primary function: once instrumental for the post-enlightenment dissemination of information in the name of democratised knowledge, paper is now that detritus of the digital age. Just as painters, in the advent of the camera, sought experimental ways of reclaiming a trade absolved of all social utility, so today’s artists turn to this generation’s redundant material as a site of creative possibility.
In September 2011, Black Rat Projects offers a means of ingress into a field of art-making which presents a unique response to our contemporary situation. BRP PAPER ties Brian Douglas, Swoon, Leipzig based Annette Schröter, Polish artist Jarek Piotrowski, Armenian born Karen Sargsyan, Alex James Daw and Atlanta based Brian Dettmer through their common practice: the manipulation of paper. These are the artists who stand at the threshold of post-production practices and yet their aesthetic constructs Romantic landscapes and strives for a beauty long discarded by the history of art.
As they tear, rip, dye, cut, fold, recycle, trash, sew, stain, stick, mould, slice, slash, copy and paste their work into being, a narrative of materiality emerges that finds a unity between the post-punk adage and the ancient skilled crafts of origami and shadow puppetry. Labour intensive, their paper works create an opening where the sublime intentions of modernist painting meet the social pragmatism mobilised by the modern DIY spirit.
As all that was paper melts into data Black Rat Projects brings these international artists together for the first time to explore common themes in their work.

Words from Black Rat Press

Featured artists
BRIAN DOUGLAS | SWOON | ANNETTE SCHRÖTER | JAREK PIOTROWSKI | ALEX JAMES DAW | KAREN SARGSYAN | BRIAN DETTMER

Group Show at Loughran Gallery

Loughran gallery | Art-PieThe Loughran Gallery’s January Group Show on Cadogan Gardens is currently showcasing works from:
Charlie Barton, Corinne Dalle-Ore & Damien Hirst, as well as Dale vN Marshall, Dave White,Frédérique Morrel, Jessica Zoob, Nick Jeffrey & Piers Bourke.

The group show will come to a close on January 29th, marking the last exhibition in their four-month Cadogan Gardens residency.

Loughran gallery | Art-Pie

Stik at Subway gallery

We have all seen the stick men across East London, well the man behind all this, STIK, is having a solo exhibition at the Subway gallery, venue as quirky as STIK men.

Stik’s show at the Subway Gallery will feature an exciting Live Graffiti event, an installation comprised of four large light-boxes and hosts the long awaited launch of the new high quality print edition “Single Mum” produced by Squarity. As always there will be smaller, affordable pieces on sale too at this show which is set to be a vibrant and fascinating event for all.

STIK

When
Preview is on Wednesday 2 March 6—9pm
The show will then run until the 26 march 2011.

Where
SUBWAY GALLERY | Kiosk 1 Joe Strummer Subway | Edgware Rd / Harrow Rd | London W2 1DX

Deep Focus, the new show from Art In Mind at Brick Lane gallery

Deep Focus, the new show from Art In Mind, launches on the 2nd March with a drinks preview from 6pm. The exhibition, which spans both The Brick Lane Gallery and our new space, The Annexe, comprises of exciting new work from both UK and International artists.

Running until 13th March we recommend you don’t miss your chance to view this stunning collection!

LAUNCH of New Gallery Space: The Brick Lane Gallery/Annexe

The Brick Lane Gallery is pleased to announce the LAUNCH of our brand new gallery space on Sclater Street in east London , just round the corner from our existing gallery. The new space will run alongside the popular Brick Lane Gallery and both spaces are available to hire for solo and group exhibitions as well as student degree shows. We are currently accepting applications for gallery hire for 2011.

Open 7 days a week with a dedicated sales team, this beautiful new space has created quite a buzz in the area already. Perfect for a week long hire, our experienced team can offer everything from promotion to curation and can host the openings giving the artist the unique opportunity for a stress-free, successful exhibition!

For more information about services, prices and availability please email Alison or Daisy on info@thebricklanegallery.com

Words from Brick Lane art gallery

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