Courtenay Pollock: Sunshine Daydream Celebrating 50 Years of Tie-Dye for The Grateful Dead
VSOP Projects and Treiber Farms are pleased to present Courtenay Pollock: Sunshine Daydream, an exhibition of extraordinary tie-dye works by Courtenay Pollock, the long time tie-dye artist for the Grateful Dead, curated by Lucas Natali. The exhibition will run concurrently at VSOP Projects’ Greenport gallery location and Treiber Farms’ roadside barn in Peconic on August 7, 8 & 9, 2020.
The presentation at VSOP Projects will feature a selection of Pollock’s finest tie-dyed cotton mandalas and panels. These works exemplify the artist’s mastery of technique and profound attention to intricate detail. At Treiber Farms, a number of monumentally sized historical works will be shown alongside contemporary tie-dye panels both inside and outside of the barn. A selection of Pollock’s famous tie-dye t-shirts will also be available for purchase.
At the height of the late 60’s counterculture movement, following a profound psychedelic experience, Courtenay Pollock created his first tie-dyed mandala tapestries. Moving west with little more than his new tie-dyed creations, he searched for housing and was led to a home built around two giant redwood trees in Marin County. There, he befriended a 22 year old Bob Weir (guitarist for the then-burgeoning Grateful Dead) and was promptly commissioned to create speaker covers, large scale backdrops, and clothing for the now-legendary psychedelic rock band.
For the past 5 decades, Courtenay Pollock has been at the forefront of tie-dye art, pushing the boundaries of the medium and elevating the now ubiquitous art & craft to a highly complex visual language. A combination of intense color and kaleidoscopic geometry results in the dynamic, hallucinatory style for which Pollock has become internationally acclaimed.
Courtenay Pollock’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Art and Design, The New York Historical Society, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, and Bonhams New York. The Grateful Dead and their countless “spinoff” bands have used his legendary tie-dyed stage backdrops for more than 50 years.
Courtenay Pollock: Sunshine Daydream will be on view August 7, 8 & 9, at VSOP Projects, 311 Front Street, Greenport Village, by appointment, and at Treiber Farms, 38320 County Road 48,