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Modern humans must learn how to relate to psychoactives
responsibly, treating them with respect and awareness,
working to minimize harms and maximize benefits, and
integrating use into a healthy, enjoyable, and productive life.
Mark McCloud
Photo by Jon Hanna, June 2005
Mark McCloud
Photo by Jon Hanna, October 2004
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Mark McCloud
Summary
Mark McCloud is an artist and ex-art professor who has been collecting LSD blotter art for over three decades. He has curated exhibits featuring pieces from his collection (the world's largest), lectured at conferences on the topic, and has won two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Many of the prints in his collection, housed at The Institude of Illegal Images, were never dosed; those that may have been dosed are exposed to ultraviolet radiation to neutralize any acid that they might have contained. Because of his collection of unique American Folk Art, McCloud has been threatened, set up, subject to surveillance, and busted by law enforcement. McCloud was arrested twice by the federal government on charges of "conspiracy to distribute LSD"--first in 1992, then again in 2000. He was acquitted in both cases. McCloud and his business partner Dana Dana Dana currently deal in limited edition giclée prints of blotter images--massively enlarged, pulpy, and vibrant--via their Blotter Barn web site.
Books
  • The Bust Book, made available by Mark McCloud and Adam Stanhope (2003)
  • Interviews
  • Blotter Art: The Institute of Illegal Images, interviewed by Rak Razam, Juxtapoz (2009)
  • The King of Blotter Art: Mark McCloud Speaks... , interviewed by Jon Hanna, The Entheogen Review (2003)
  • Videos
  • Inside LSD feature on McCloud, National Geographic's Explorer (2009)
  • McCloud calls out John Halpern at the 2006 LSD conference in Basel (2006)
  • CNN report on The Cure of Souls show at Psychedelic Solution Gallery, featuring Allyson Grey, Alex Grey, and Timothy Leary (1988)
  • Audio
  • In A Perfect World 23: Blotter Art McCloud interviewed by Rak Razam (2009)