Mothership History

On my birthday in July 2007 at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock I was approached by a rather unusual fellow named Ralph Schiano who told me he really liked the Woodstock music scene and he had a bunch of money to invest. He felt Woodstock music was undervalued and there was money to be made promoting it. He and I wondered how to energize the scene and just then my landlords moved their business out of the ground floor where I live and Ralph decided to rent it from them, which he did. Otherwise there would never have been a Woodstock Mothership. Thanks Ralph! That was October 2007. The first event was a laugh-a-thon performance by Linda Mary Montano. We put on a wide variety of events in what I called an everything center for changing times. It was my personal social sculpture; a community weaving which included many forms of creativity and healing. There was a sort of angry anti-Bush show up at the time of the 2008 election. If you remember it was not at all clear who would win, but I had a mystical feeling the Mothership completed its mission with the election of Obama. We closed the Woodstock Mothership around April Fools Day 2009 for at least 3 compelling reasons, one of which being that I would no longer be able to volunteer the necessary time. I was opening in the Pictures Generation 1974-1984 show at the Metropolitan Museum on 4-20-09 and simply had to get my act together to rustle up my 30 plus year old art world contacts and try to get something going in the old art career. The show closed in August and the mothership space downstairs was empty. The landlords, some extremely attractive people, let me use it as a studio as long as there was no paying tenant. Later that summer I was able to make enough art sales to rent the space as my studio, which I have done since then. I started having this and that sort of event in the studio, which everyone referred to as the Mothership, like invitational sing songs, talks by swamis, art installations and small concerts. I am King of the Universe and I like Woodstock. It is small enough to know almost everyone and packed to the eyeballs with creativity, spirituality and eccentricity. My intention as a social sculptor is to blend streams of potentiality across imaginary boundaries of clique, class, whatever and age to catalyze evolutionary joy to the world from Woodstock. We did it before, we can do it again. Or not, but it could be fun to try.

PAUL McMAHON’S STUDIO KNOWN AS THE MOTHERSHIP AT 6 HILLCREST AVE. WOODSTOCK NY 12498 IS A SOCIAL SCULPTURE POSING AT VARIOUS TIMES AND FUNCTIONING ALBEIT WITHIN A QUASI-FICTIONAL CONTEXT AS A

GALLERY, STORE, CLASSROOM, MEETING SPACE, PLACE OF WORSHIP, CONCERT HALL, RECORDING STUDIO, VIDEO/FILM/PHOTO STUDIO, DISASTER RELIEF VENUE, SOCIAL CLUB, RENTAL SPACE

NEITHER CONDONED NOR CERTIFIED BY ANY HIGHER AUTHORITY THAN THE GODGIVEN RIGHT OF AN ARTIST TO MAKE ART THIS IS MY WORK SAYS PAUL McMAHON OF WOODSTOCK AND IT CONTAINS MY OTHER WORK AND LOVINGLY DISPLAYS AND CONSUMES THE WORK OF OTHERS. IN THE END PAUL McMAHON CLAIMS THAT HE AND EVERYTHING ELSE ARE ALL FICTIONAL -BITS OF A STORY CARVED ENTIRELY OUT OF A BLOCK OF LOVE AND LOVE ALONE.

THE FOLLOWING CLUBS ARE SUGGESTED:

MONDAYS: WOODSTOCK WTF BIZ CLUB 6, TINK TANK CLUB 7
TUESDAYS: VISITING ARTISTS CLUB 2
THURSDAYS: KRISHNAMURTI CLUB 12:30
FRIDAYS: MUSICIANS DROP-IN CLUB 2:22-4:19
SUNDAYS: FAMILY HOOTENANNY POTLUCK CLUB 6-9
ONGOING: GOOD DEEDS WORK PROJECT CLUB

AND MAYBE:

BEERPONG AND/OR FOOZBALL CLUB
PARTY CLUB
RENT PARTY CLUB

THE FOLLOWING WEEKLY SCHEDULE IS PROPOSED:

MONDAYS:
LAPTOP STUDY HALL 1-6
WOODSTOCK WTF 6
TINK TANK 7
TUESDAYS: TUESDAYS ART SHOWS 6-8
THURSDAYS: OM ROOM 4
FRIDAYS:  JAMMIN W/ (YR NAME HERE)  BY DONATION 4:21-6:30, CONCERT RECITALS BY DONATION 8
SUNDAYS: BACKYARD CHURCH 10 REV PAUL

MONTHLY:

ON THE 7TH AT 7 WORLD PEACE CHAMBER SOUND MEDITATION BACKYARD, MOVING TO WITTENBERG CHAMBER ON LENNY’S BEE HAPPY FARM WHEN READY