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A Show of Symbolically Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing

For artists as much as climbers, the idea of the inaccessible has become an irrevocable part of mountain lore. Its peaks and valleys are the seismograph of geological and psychological turmoil. We seek them as places beyond reach. The wanderer famously looks out across the sea of fog. The mountain of Rene Daumal’s Mount Analogue is impossible to reach. The fools, thieves and alchemists of Jodorosky’s later interpretation seek a place that doesn’t exist. Here the sublime and the ridiculous join forces in a struggle that is equal parts physical and mystical.

And so, as we turn to look at the mountain we find in its representations not just the rope of human endeavor but the mind-altering substances that open us to the very idea of peaks that can be conquered. Mount Analogue is a testament to the psycho-visual experience of the inaccessible. Taking place in Aspen in the summer of 2016, it may bear witness to perhaps the town’s most famous resident, the late Hunter S. Thompson, who said, “You won’t find reasonable men on the top of tall mountains.”

The exhibition will run from July 11 to Aug 20, 2016 and will be presented in a prime Aspen location, which functions in the winter months as Performance Ski, the premier Aspen ski shop.

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Paula Crown conversing with curator Neville Wakefield.