beer can, rotating lamp
6 in. x 10 in.
Brion Gysin gave the world his Dream Machine—a perforated shade rotating in front of a light—so that the mind could experience a blissful “alpha state” by stimulating the brain with light. John Marriott’s is a more modest version made of a perforated Budweiser beer can, which, while functioning in the same neuro-mystical fashion as Gysin’s, suggests that there are other quicker means of becoming mentally altered. Signed.
John Marriott is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto, Canada. His works have been featured in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally in venues such as The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto 1995, 1996), The Impakt Festival (Utrecht, 2003), 25HRS (Barcelona, 2003), The Rotterdam International Festival of Film and Video (Rotterdam, 2003), The 7a*lld International Festival of Performance Art (Toronto, 2004), The ZKM (Karlsruhe, 2004) and The Toronto Sculpture Garden (Toronto, 2006). His multiples are included in private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario and The National Gallery of Canada.