KYLE AUGUST LIND
2013.03.23 - 04.20
This March, artist Kyle August Lind makes his return to Los Angeles with an exhibition of meticulous “process” pieces created over the last 50 years. A prominent figure of the LA's legendary 1960s Freak scene, Lind's elaborate and intricately detailed works reveal a deep-rooted spirituality and are imbued with the energy and liberation of the hippi.e movement.
"The serious artist must be a ding-dong, a bum, a magician, a priest, a salesman, a nice guy, and a spiritual being with a four-inch thick skin.
He must be bullet-proof, and very, very, very patient.” – Kyle August Lind
Born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1940, but ultimately evolving from the Counterculture movement that blossomed in Los Angeles during the 1960s, artist Kyle August Lind offers new visual insight into a fabled era. After receiving a scholarship to Art Center and a dalliance with advertising creative, Lind dropped out of conventional life and joined Vito’s Dancers, an experimental troupe that performed
with icons like Frank Zappa and the Doors. He lived in Laurel Canyon. He married into Hollywood royalty. Artist by day and dancer by night, Lind embraced and embodied the magic of the moment. Then, he disappeared.
Lind’s exactingly executed works—many of which have taken decades to complete—are a testament to his devotion to live in a simpler way. Yogi. Hindu. Hippie. After traveling the world, returning to school, organizing exhibitions and buildinga home on a remote island in western Oregon, Lind still effervesces with the message of his youth: peace.
The show features Lind’s paintings, drawings, and mixed media and features the artist’s monumental (14 x 7.5 ft.) canvas, Cartoon in the Interior of Atom, which was begun in 1966 and took 42 years to complete.