My name is Alan Lasser. I never did any art in my life and I had no interest in the subject until 1970 when I started smoking marijuana. I did three big paintings that year and quit. I started painting again in 1994, and I was soon discovered by the artist Jared Koehl and then by Dan Bishop, which led inevitably to my first one-man show, “Beauty and the Blacklight” in December 1997 at Gallery Thirteen in Danbury, Connecticut. The show was so popular that it was held over for the town’s First Night New year’s celebration. The gallery had been slated to go out of business, but my show turned the gallery’s fortunes around and they stayed in business for another five years.
Thus encouraged, I invaded the legendary artsy town of Woodstock, New York in the summer of 2000 with the “Woodstock Night Gallery”. Once again, I startled a community. The Chamber of Commerce featured me on their home page: nobody else, just me. I was an important tourist attraction. In 2004, I tried Chelsea, New York City, with “Weapons of Mind Destruction”; but I received invisible press attention, my advertising campaign was hit and miss, and I had to leave town when the finances bleakened.
Now I am over 65 years old and my maze-making career seems finished. It’s too difficult to keep the path in my head for the week of construction and my eye-hand coordination is no longer perfect enough to keep every line where it’s supposed to be. I can always make decent sculptures and sand paintings, but my blacklight mazes(“my paintings are smarter than your paintings”) are now in limited supply.
In 2016 I relocated to Rhode Island in anticipation that the state would be the first in the area to legalize marijuana, which would be very good for the business of selling blacklight posters. I was wrong, Massachusetts went first, so I may be moving again when my lease here is up.
I can put you on the mailing list at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org I have access to Apple’s FaceTime app, so you can see some of the art if we video chat. For now, I only have affordable($30 and $40) reproductions of two posters, 9/11/2 and 8/26/2, printed on genuine, long-lasting posterboard, not flimsy paper.