“[This is] the reinvention of art in America, free of the vices of ambition – insist on yourself.”
“I want images to be complicated, not smart, designy little things. I’m bringing back density – pieces that take time to look at.”
Ever the trendsetter: Steven Arnold in the early 1970s, years before The Rocky Horror Picture Show made it’s debut. This image was widely distributed, and may have helped to inspire Rocky Horror’s gender-bending antihero, Frank N. Furter. Styled by Nikki Nichols.
“The photo here is of [myself and] my girlfriend at that time (1984), the vivacious Angie Bowie. To be photographed by Steven was an event of extravagant surrealism and high art. His studio was decorated in way that transported you into another world entirely, and you didn’t ever want to leave. Steven was such a sweet and gentle soul, and he was a joy to create with. I miss him so very much, but I’m thankful to have been able to collaborate with him – it was heavenly.” – Robert Musselman
FUTURESCAPEGreat, extended use of the brain. Powers we can only sense now, will manifest and bring a magnificent age of clarity. The merging of the sexes becomes a force-field of creativity. Utopian satellite planets Food and energy for everyone. An age of humanism more passionate and conscious than we can fathom, If we wake up and listen to the universe.
“Don’t violate your own magic or water it down:
Trust intuitive forces within
Creative Madness must be free to flow
Spirits will guide – relax and receive
Listen to the voices, emanate clarity
Allow the images to create their own meaning
Listen for Dalai Lama
Ancient wisdom will manifest
Go to your original vision and be true to it
No one can tell you how to create your own world
It is all within you.”