35. Big Raven by Fred Tommaselli, 2008

Fred Tommaselli has been making visual art for decades now, using a number of gestures and media not typical to high art—he frequently employs prescription pills, psychedelic mushrooms, psychoactive plant leaves, paint, flowers photocollage, and resin as the fundamental materials in his work, at times making his paintings illegal and therefore subversive just in their existence. Big Raven, a centrifugal painting of his 2010-2011 mid-period retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, is one of these, drawing from typically American folk art motifs while inverting issues of perception—the drugs are figurative without ingestion.

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