Paul Laffoley is a visionary artist and outsider architect. His paintings double as finely detailed diagrams of imagined technologies and/or of reality itself. For example, Geochromechane: The Time-Machine From Earth, is a diagram for building a working time machine. The Vegetable-House , pictured below, describes plans to grow houses from seed by grafting different plants together using ginkgo biloba.
Other paintings double as psychotronic devices. In other words, they are the devices themselves, not just diagrams. The most famous example is Thanaton III, pictured below, which is an alien communication device. A user of the painting is to put her hands on it and stares into eye to send and receive transmissions.
Laffoley studied architecture briefly at Harvard University, but was thrown out for “conceptual deviancy.” After Harvard, he studied under Frederick John Kiesler, founded his one-man studio the Boston Visionary Cell and supported himself by working at the Boston Museum of Science. He still lives in the Cell, as he has done since 1968.
Laffoley claims that in 1992, during a routine CAT scan, doctors found a small metallic object in his brain near his pineal gland. He says he has come to believe that this object is extraterrestrial in origin and the source of his ideas.
New Paul Laffoley Book: Secret Universe 2
Paul Laffoley awarded Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Artwork for Sale
Secret Universe 2 art book
Disinfo Interviews Contains some good reproductions of a few paintings
Posters from the Kent Gallery
Nest Magazine article/interview (year?) Recommended
Paul Laffoley Paranoia Magazine Interview (2004)
Disinfo TV interview with Paul Laffoley (2002)
Paul Laffoley’s Odyssey (2006)
Paul Laffoley: The Mad One (2005)
On Utopia 2001
On Dimensionality 1992
On Becoming a Shadow (PDF) 2009
A Grand Hotel on The Hudson by Paul Laffoley in Paranoia Magazine in 2002.
A short letter on Catholicism
Disinfo Book of Lies Contains an essay by Laffoley.
Paul Laffoley: The Phenomenology of Revelation Book, rare.
Paranoia Magazine: How Paul Laffoley’s Leg Almost Became An Exhibit in Joe Coleman’s Museum of Human Oddities (2004)
Some instances of pre-Laffoley plant house concepts
How Paul Laffoley’s work relates to LOST
Official site, maintained by the Kent Gallery
Michael Coleman’s unofficial but authorized Paul Laffoley site Tons of scans of art.
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