Not many people have the opportunity (or the ability) to time-travel. But Matt Ritchie and I wanted to venture out of our comfort zone in order to seek out inspiration for our upcoming art show, so….we went into the future. Sure, it wasn’t the most pleasant thing to do, even alongside one of my best friends. Our lungs collapsed from the change in time-velocity, Matt vomited blood almost the entire trip, my skin dried out almost to the point of leprosy, and we’re both now convinced that our stomachs and bowels are permanently turned around 180 degrees. But regardless, it was worth it, just to get a glimpse of the future and to soak up some knowledge, some observations that we could bring back with us to help jumpstart ideas for our new show. We only spent a day in the future (the year 2119), but there was one HUGE noticeable discovery in the future that gave both of us an instant shot of inspiration. It turns out, in the year 2092, after 2 thousand years of speculation and skepticism, scientists are going to discover that, indeed, ghosts and spirits are REAL. Yes, that’s right. Hauntings, possessions, apparitions, poltergeists. All of them are real, and they live among us, as well as ALL of the other inhabited planets in our galaxy. But not only are they real, they are also mischievous, and some of them are downright evil.
And with that little glimpse of the future that Matt and I witnessed, we will be bringing you the world of “THE ASTRALNAUTS”, a motley crew of 5 of the galaxy’s most heroic and renowned ghost-hunters. Together they travel from planet to planet, capturing and containing extraterrestrial ghosts from all corners of the universe.
“The Astralnauts”, featuring a new world of artwork and concepts from Alex Pardee & Matt Ritchie (plus a special installation by Greg Aronowitz), opens on June 10th at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA.