Congratulations Gail Wight!! The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has acquired Benzedrine, solar burn on paper. Here’s a excerpt from her 2011press release from PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY.
Gail Wight present's a series of 6 drawings that were plucked from the annals of scientific experimentation. With wit and humor, Wight sets our imaginations in motion, in this instance, Gail came upon spider studies conducted In 1948, by a German pharmacologist, P. N. Witt, who experimented to see the effects of drugs on spiders. The drugs administered were LSD, Mescaline, Chloral Hydrat, Caffeine, Benzedrine, and Marijuana. The results of his experiments determined - spiders get stoned, and spin webs reflective of their altered state! Nasa also wanted to test the effects of spiders on drugs, in case we send spiders in space, or maybe we already have, nevertheless in 1995 NASA replicated the German study with similar results - spiders get stoned, with the added dimension, spider web detection might be a good method of drug detection - so keep those drugs safely tucked away from spiders, lest they give you away! Anyway, fast forward to our Stanford Professor, Gail Wight, who decided to replicate the altered webs on vellum, with the aid of a magnifying glass and the sun. Thus sat Gail, under her persimmon tree, slowly burning the spider web drawing onto the vellum. You can bet there were many a spider hovering, keeping a watchful eye.