. . . A very outdated photo. (1992 – Photo by Gary Leonard)
I launched my career at the age of 16 making punk flyers in San Francisco. Never being content with the prevailing trend, I quickly moved on to creating interactive theater parties. These events, created in the California counterculture millieu of the ’90s, were frenzied collaborative happenings that were seminal in their influence. “The Feast of Fools”, “St. Valentine’s Midnight Masquerade Debauch” and “The Secrets of Uranus” are a few of these productions.
I began the 21st century traveling through South East Asia in an effort to document trance and spirit possession ceremonies. The video and photos collected form the corpus of a film entitled: “Loose Spirits”.
Between 2003 and 2008 I devoted myself to 3D animation, and produced two short films: “The Bicycle Ride” (a tribute to Albert Hofmann) and “Pyramid” (a collaboration with Colin Angus), both of which are expressions of my deep appreciation for the psychedelic experience.
In the spring of 2010 I began to make ” The Illuminations” a traveling installation of glowing, self-illuminated prints based on my paintings.
The Illuminations have exhibited them in Europe and various locations around the United States, including a large scale installation at Burning Man 2010, and an exhibit in Los Angeles at Sancho Gallery in the Fall of 2011. The Illuminations were displayed in Berlin at the BAGL Art Fair in May of 2012.
In 2012 I have initiated a project of life drawings derived from scenes of Japanese Bondage, a series I call, “Rope Impressions”, and have traveled to Japan twice to create drawings in collaboration with notorious Tokyo rope artists, Kinoko Hajime and Arisue Go.
I live in Stinson Beach, California with my wife, April Lelia, an Indonesian artist.
- David Normal
An Up to Date Portrait (2009, Photo by Paul Koudounaris)