Title of publication: Sex, Drugs & Magick
Name of artist: Gareth McConnell
Design: Gareth McConnell
Editor: Gareth McConnell
Series name: Sex, Drugs & Magick
Publication date: November 2013
Place of publication: London, UK
Edition size: 23 + 5AP
Format: Loose covered cardboard / gaffer & clear tape / staples / signed / editioned
Size: 29.7×42 cm
Number of pages: 22
Type of printing: Inkjet
Type of paper: 170 gsm matt
Name of printer: Canon
Number of pictures: 11
Description of book: The first in a series of low cost companion books hand made to co-exist and compliment the recently published SPBH edition ‘Close Your Eyes’.
Dreamt up on the come down and made in a flash with whatever materials were within hands reach this is a high fidelity low tech fake gem of visual psychedelia come to blow your mind but not your wallet. An invocation and invitation to contemplate the quest to overcome the aloneness of ones humanness in ritualized mass communion – state / corporate sponsored or not as the case maybe.
‘The heretic of the 21st Century might be, not a man who takes a drug the government forbids, but a man who refuses a drug the government commands.’ Robert Anton Wilson
The work continues to revisit and rework Ibiza Index (Nothing is Ever the Same as They Said it Was) the portrait series of young clubbers that I photographed on the island of Ibiza between the years 2001 -11.
The best thing about self-publishing: No fuckery
Artist website: www.garethmcconnell.com
Press website: www.sorika.com
Book Soundtrack: Oh Lord – BJM