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Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

Bruce Bickford’s animation does funny things to your brain; after a while, watching his constantly blossoming film worlds melt and reform feels like a psychedelic experience. The visionary artist/mad scientist/animator reached artistic cult status working with Frank Zappa in the 1970s—his animation was featured in Zappa videos Baby Snakes and The Dub Room Special—and he’s been quietly doing his thing for decades. On Dec. 11, he made an appearance at Vermillion Art Gallery to draw and answer questions at the opening for a show of his work.

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