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Humble Ben Van Meter

Greetings. You have stumbled onto the website of Humble Ben Van Meter who had his 15 minutes of fame in San Francisco during the legendary sixties as a creator of undeground, experimental art films and lightshows which he and other artists put on at the early Fillmore Auditorium, the Avalon Ballroom and later in other venues. The films I made during the time were projected as part of the light show as well as a library of about 3000 slides. Many of these were my original photographs and collages. My films, slides anda Light Show Trip-tych commissioned by the museum were featured in San Francisco at the de Young Museum's 2017 Summer of Love 50th Anniversary exhibit from April 15th to August 20th 2017. My Trips Festival film was projected continously in a surround installation continuoulsly for the duration of the exhibition. There was a screening of six of my films in the museum's auditorium on May 18th.

I am currently working on the layout of my Limited Edition book,

Rebirth of A Nation, A Summer of Love Tribute.

The book includes over 170 color images from the Library of the North American Ibis Alchemical Company. I have also written ten chapters of memoirs about my life and significant events in San Francisco during 1965 through 1967 including the Summer of Love, 1967, Additionally a sixties scholar and collector has written about the North American Ibis and interviewed the three other surviving Ibis artists. A foreword is being written by Julian Cox, Head Curator of the de Young museum. The premise of the book is that "It wasn't just about sex, drugs and rick & roll."

 

 


 

 

I have designied several posters using images from the library of the North American Ibis Alchemical Co. All posters are signed by Ben Van Meter and offered for a $30. including shipping.

The first is this 16" x 20" poster done in the style of a Tibetan Thanka

commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. It uses about 75 images from the Ibis slide Library.

Poster # 1 Summer of Love

 


 

 

Poster #2 Electric Albert 18" x 24"

Poster #2


 

 

Poster #3 Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir at the Trips Festival 16" x 20"

 

Poster #4 Phil Lesh at the Trips Festival 16" x 20"

Poster #4

 


Poster #5 Graffiti in Golden Gate Park 1967 16" x 20"

Poster #5


16" x 20" Poster #6 The Human Be In

This is a shot of the Be In I took from the bandstand of the crowd with shots of Leary, Ginsberg and Frelinghetti hovering in the sky.

Poster # 6


 

I am offering a DVD of six of my most psychedellic films, Rebirth Of A Nation, for $40 .including shipping

Remastered dvd includes a spoken introduction to each film by H. Ben himself as well as liner notes.

There is also a de Young Edition with a slightly different play list including the three pieces I made on commission for the museum.

 


To purchase any of these items simply email me and let me know what you are purchasing and then go to paypal and send me the amount to my account which is the same as my email address. I also accept checks and money orders. If you would like to pay in this way let me know in your email and I will send you my snail mail address. International shipping is not included and will be charged according to shipping destination.

 

For more information email Humble Ben

blackfeather7@gmail.com

 

Namaste