Growing Up Linda – LSD Kills, Providence (exhibition)

 

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From December 17th 2004 – January 11th, 2005 LSD Kills, a video installation I made was on view at the Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, as part of the RISD Staff Show.  LSD Kills, was a segment from  Growing Up Linda, an ensemble actor-puppetry performance in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past.

 

LSD Kills, was first installment of Growing Up Linda, which was developed episodically at Blood from a Turnip, Rhode Island’s only late night puppetry salon, through an Atlantic Center for the Arts residency, and while a graduate student at the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and The Arts at CalArts.

In LSD Kills, Linda Carvel discovers that the hot dog she has purchased shortly after taking acid is talking to her.  Realizing that this is part of her trip, she bites into the hot dog. But it won’t stop screaming, so impulsively, she stomps on it before running away. For LSD Kills,  I appropriated the audio track from an educational warning video, “Case Study: LSD”.

Activating the entire first floor of a stately 19th-century mansion, Woods-Gerry Gallery is RISD’s primary gallery for undergraduate student work features group exhibitions throughout the academic year. Students in all majors learn from the experience of preparing work for exhibition, helping to mount shows and engaging in conversations about their work and that of fellow students in the context of exhibitions open to the public.