Contact High by Richard Kern

Published by PictureBox (2013)
96 Pages, 26 x 35.5 cm, Paperback

This body of work, stretching from 1999 to the present, is a relatively simple theme: nude women smoking marijuana. The artist put it best: ‘In 1999, I met a model in LA who reminded me of the girls I used to smoke with back in North Carolina. I went down to Charleston, South Carolina to shoot her at her house and in the swamps around there. Her ambition at 18 years old was to open a head shop. She had a small gro-lite farm in her bedroom. In this series I was looking for that moment of youth-full optimistic inebriation after which anything is possible.’