The Visionist History artist shop is run out of an art studio called Lightning Hall. The most important parts of the team are Those who do not exist, for without them, we would have nothing to do…
It was well after the witching hour, and many moons ago when I was driving home from my painting studio in Albany, New York, to the city of Troy. The roads were an empty, slick asphaltum black that darkened as it began to rain. My chariot and I were driving through water deep enough to have its own current (pardon the pun) when the lightning struck and electrocuted the road-river right next to me. It is a missing moment. I became aware of what had happened when I heard the sound receding and my eyes recovered from the glare. Somehow, I continued driving, but I was not properly inhabiting my flesh. There was a new awareness of the spaces where liquid flows inside my form and the zapping, electrified wetness between my teeth and bones. In that way, I was peripherally connected to my body, but my entire consciousness seemed to be operating from completely outside of my skin. In the same way that you probably feel your consciousness originates from somewhere inside your head, mine was suddenly located far out in the night sky. Boundaries disappeared. The sky became my seat of perception, and stars filled my body. I could sense where the next lightning would strike as if from within my long arm. Somehow I made it safely home, and eventually returned to my skin, but this sensation of disintegration and unification worked its transformative magic upon me. I’ve been constantly inspired ever since. This is why I call my studio Lightning Hall.
Curiosities! Ephemera! Amusing gifts! A reason to smile! Some of this, and more!
Visionist History is an online shoppe full of esoteric kitsch, wonderments, oddities, and demonic delights.
“In the name of many, I sign this book.”
― Henri Michaux
Where do these things come from?
Most of them are handmade in our own studio, Lightning Hall. On sparse occasions, we find an interesting image, made by one of our favorite artists or designers and decide to collaborate to turn it into an object people can have. Most of them have chosen to donate the proceeds to a charity of their choice, in some way. The most recent way artists are performing charitably is by participating in the artist support pledge, which you can read about here. We are always on the lookout for interesting new things, so stay tuned!
Art is a sleeper agent. It emerges only when summoned.