Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

I Can't Feel My Face? 

Wednesday, Oct 10 2007
Drug trip stories, like stories about car accidents or bad dates, make great icebreakers. Maybe that's why Cliff Hengst and Scott Hewicker's newest project, Good Times: Bad Trips, feels so intimate. The book melds chatty freak-out stories from contributors such as Devendra Banhart, Kevin Killian, and Larry Rinder with photographs, collages, and paintings by the artists, augmenting the text with colorful, frequently psychedelic illustrations and backgrounds. At "S.A.N.E. with Good Times: Bad Trips" (timed to coincide with the book's release), Hengst and Hewicker expound on the trippy theme. The show's title stands for "something, anything, nothing, everything," which seems fitting considering the mind-expanding quality of the artwork included here. Hewicker shows paintings that invoke visionary worlds, while Hengst fills the walls with obsessive, paranoic, all-caps text so large and dense it feels like you're trapped uncomfortably inside his wobbling mind ("MY MEDS MAKE ME NAUSEOUS. MY GLANDS BEHIND MY EARS ARE SWOLLEN. I OFTEN THINK PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT ME BEHIND MY BACK."). A video from Hewicker uses the style of B movies to invoke the monsters hidden in his subconscious. The show as a whole turns the gallery into a cathartic, subverted space weird enough to induce a pink elephant or two.
Oct. 15-Nov. 3, 2007

About The Author

Traci Vogel


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"