Arik Roper's "The Hidden Dimension" opens at Fuse Gallery in NYC on October 24, 2009

The Hidden Dimension

Arik Moonhawk Roper has become one of those artists whose album cover artwork is as dependable a way to select the listening material for tonight’s speaker-worship session as the band personnel listed on the back of the slipcase. Earth. Sleep. Howlin Rain. Sunn O))). Black Crowes. But the expansively naturalistic imagery he provides for these artists is only an entry point to his work: from his many editorial illustrations as a contributor to Arthur; to his most recent book, Mushroom Magick, a “visionary field guide” of botanical illustration that serves as an excellent companion piece to revolutionary mycologist Paul StametsMycelium Running.

“The Hidden Dimension” is a survey of Roper’s recent paintings and drawings at New York’s Fuse Gallery, and an ideal next step for those looking for further vistas onto his mystical landscapes. From the press release:

“The Hidden Dimension,” drawings and paintings by Arik Roper runs October 24 through November 28, 2009, at Fuse Gallery, 93 2nd Ave (between 5th & 6th Sts, 2nd Ave stop on the F), NYC, NY. The opening reception, on Saturday October 24, from 7 to 10 pm, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Fuse Gallery at 212.777.7988 or

A selection of images from the show can be found below, after the jump. To see more of Roper’s work, you can visit his website, as well as the Fuse Gallery website. For more about Roper’s Mushroom Magick, take a listen to his recent interview with Gnostic Media by clicking here. And if your local fungi emporium is sold-out, copies of the book are of course available from Amazon.

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May 15th – Book Launch for Arik Roper's "Mushroom Magick" at Gavin Brown's enterprise in NYC

Arik Moonhawk Roper (a longtime Arthur contributing artist) will be celebrating the launch of his new book Mushroom Magick this Friday in New York. In creating this book, Roper has added his own indelible mark to the long history of mushroom art, presenting over 90 of his original portraits of hallucinogenic species of mushroom alongside educational writings by friends and scholars Erik Davis, Daniel Pinchbeck and Gary Lincoff. Learn more about and see images of Roper’s richly water-colored illustrations of these mysterious fungi in this blog post.

Be warned: If you are not wary of the importance of the mushroom’s existence on earth, after reading this book you will no doubt be conscious of the fact that fungi are communicating with our world in ways that are nothing less than mind-blowing…

Friday, May 15th, 6-8pm (on view through May 30th)
Gavin Brown’s enterprise
620 Greenwich St. / New York, NY 10014
Free admission

PREVIEW: Longtime Arthur contributing artist ARIK ROPER's mushroom book—in hardcover!


Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide
by Arik Roper
Hardcover: 144 pages
ISBN-10: 0810996316
List Price: $19.95
Amazon Price: $13.57

Here’s some promotion blurbage from the publisher:

For centuries hallucinogenic mushrooms have participated in a sublime relationship with humankind, thanks to their psychoactive chemicals that shift and modify the human mind. Arik Roper’s exquisite painted portraits of magic mushrooms illustrate more than 90 of the known hallucinogenic species from around the world. He captures their powerful auras, adding to a tradition of Mushroom art that stretches back more than 400 years.

Popular culture critics [and sometime Arthur columnists] Erik Davis and Daniel Pinchbeck provide background and testimony in elegant essays, and mushroom expert Gary Lincoff contributes notes. This beautifully designed and profusely illustrated mushroom bible will appeal to nature lovers, mushroom hunters, and enthusiasts of all things psychedelic.

Some pages from the book:




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ARTHUR BEST OF 2007 LISTS No. 16: Arik Roper

12 good things of 2007, in no particular order
by Arik Roper

-Habibiyya –If Man But Knew.The reissue with bonus tracks plus a lotta liner notes. Awesome.

Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets. Serious knowledge from a man who could help save the world by showing us how to use fungi to repair the land. This should replace the bibles in hotel rooms.

– Boredoms 77 Boa Drum -Perfect weather, amazing outdoor festival. (If you couldn’t get in the park after waiting in line for 6 hours, this may have been one of the worst days of the year.)

The Source Book – More than you ever expected to know about Father Yod , his restaurant, and what exactly the deal was with all the girls.

– Om –Pilgrimage. Return of the heavy innerspace album.

Pan’s Labryrinth . Great symbolism and message.

Eastern Promises. Intriguing characters and tattoos.

– Jodorowsky box set. I finally have a legit version of Holy Mountain now.

– The Japanese art wing at the British Museum. Inspiring.

– Led Zeppelin reunion. I wasn’t there, but it happened and I like knowing that.

– Successfully growing mushrooms in my apt. Magic can happen in a plastic tub.

– Steve K’s Golden Age of VHS at Anthology Film Archive in NYC. Beautiful grainy vhs action blown up to cinema-size entertainment. Like flipping through cable channels with 250 other people in the room.

Arik Roper is an artist, designer and major contributor to Arthur. He did the still-available ArthurFest poster, the still-available Comets On Fire/Growing tour poster, the still-available No Neck Blues Band tour poster and the much coveted “Tuff Wizard” Arthur t-shirt design. His illustration work has appeared in Arthur No. 12 (Pinchbeck column), No. 13 (Pinchbeck column), No. 14 (Pinchbeck column), No. 16 (Pinchbeck column), No. 17 (Pinchbeck column), No. 18 (Pinchbeck column), No. 20 (post-Katrina New Orleans), No. 22 (Jeremy Narby painting), No. 23 (Belong painting) and No. 27 (Om and Six Organs of Admittance painting).