FREAKING OUT: The Process Art of Kyle August Lind, 1965-2012

LOS ANGELES, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — This Saturday evening, artist Kyle August Lind makes his return to Los Angeles with an exhibition of meticulous “process” pieces created over the last 50 years. A prominent figure of LA’s legendary 1960s Freak scene, Lind’s elaborate and intricately detailed works reveal a deep-rooted spirituality and are imbued with the energy and liberation of the hippie movement. The works will be shown at PYO Gallery LA in downtown Los Angeles through April 20th.

Born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1940, but ultimately evolving from the Counterculture movement that blossomed in Los Angeles during the 1960s, Kyle August Lind offers new visual insight into a fabled era. After receiving a scholarship to Art Center and a dalliance with advertising creative, Lind dropped out of conventional life and joined Vito’s Dancers, an experimental troupe that performed with icons like the Doors and Frank Zappa. He lived in Laurel Canyon. He married into Hollywood royalty. Artist by day and dancer by night, Lind embraced and embodied the magic of the moment. Then, he disappeared.

Lind’s exactingly executed works—many of which have taken decades to complete—are a testament to his devotion to live in a simpler way. Yogi. Hindu. Hippie. After traveling the world, returning to school, organizing exhibitions, and building a home on a remote island in western Oregon, Lind still exemplifies the peace and activism of his youth. He continues to paint almost daily.

The show features Lind’s paintings, drawings, and mixed media, and includes the artist’s monumental (14 x 7.5 ft.) canvas, Cartoone in the Interior of an Atom, which was begun in 1966 and took 44 years to complete.

“The serious artist must be a ding-dong, a bum, a magician, a priest, a salesman, a nice guy, and a spiritual being with a four-inch thick skin. He must be bullet-proof, and very, very, very patient.” – Kyle August Lind