URBAN AESTHETIC no.54 (In Search of The American Dream)


Painted wood blocks, acrylic paint, and collage on board

58 x 46 x 5.3 cm (Framed)

Collage on board (Acrylic paint and various collage elements including painted MDF and Plywood blocks, original 1970’s Budweiser playing cards, an original Las Vegas gift shop magnet, segments taken from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thomson, a signed picture of Debbie Reynolds, two craps dice, a postcard of the The Mint Hotel in Las Vegas, portions of the January 1970 edition of Rolling Stone Magazine and a pack of matches from the Pink Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas.)

This piece features sections of pages from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and collaged images that reference elements from the book, including the invasion of Loas during the Vietnam War, President Nixon, a Chevrolet Impala, Budweiser, The Mint Hotel and Casino, The Pink Flamingo Hotel and Casino and Debbie Reynolds.


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas describes a raucous weekend where Thompson and his attorney embark on a hedonistic adventure which involves lots of alcohol and drugs. It is hilarious at times, at others, quite disturbing, but at its heart, the story is really a criticism of American counterculture and an exploration of its failings. I wanted to capture the essence of the book while referencing its subtext with historical references.

Also included in this piece are original Las Vegas paraphernalia (the gift shop Magnet, Dice, a postcard of The Mint Hotel, where Thompson stayed), and original collaged segments from the January 1970 edition of Rolling Stone magazine.

The original material from Rolling Stone is from the Let it Bleed article which reported on the disaster at Altamont during a Rolling Stones concert when Hells Angels clashed with concert goers, resulting in various injuries and one death. This event is often regarded as symbolic of the end of the optimism that surrounded American Counterculture in the 1960’s and is referenced frequently by Thompson in Fear and Loathing.

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