A Fool’s Journey

Fear Collection Ritual


Lucien Shapiro’s A Fools Journey: Fear Collection Ritual is a series of photographs and writings documenting a ten month project across the United States, France, and Germany. The goal of the fear collection ritual was to challenge participants to confront themselves, to face their fears and encourage new avenues of understanding and growth. A fear would be objectified and collected in a vessel, which was then toured from city to city, until the fear objects were burned in a final ceremony in Johnson Valley. Shapiro opened each performance with this quote;
“I am not acting as your Guru, because first of all I am not giving you any gratification . I am not telling you what you should do from moment to moment, or from day to day, but I’m pointing out something to you, you can take it or leave it. Depending on you, neither your worship, nor your flattery, nor your insults, nor your gods. I say this is a fact, take it or leave it, and most of you will leave it for the obvious reason that you do not find gratification in it.”—Krishnamurti

Cover design and interior layout by Shaun Roberts. 

260 pages (color on coated 170 gsm paper), hardcover (faux leather with stamped typography), 5″ x 8″ inches.

ISBN 978-1-945649-15-8

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Lucien Shapiro

artist information

Lucien Shapiro was born in 1979, in Santa Rosa, CA. He attended San Francisco Academy of Art University and received a BFA in 2003. It was here where Shapiro became addicted to the process of painstaking repetition and meticulous attention to craft. Shortly after his time at school, Shapiro developed a practice called “Urban Obsessions”, which explores both artists and viewers perception of identity, addiction, time, and loss. He composes elaborately constructed masks and ornately armored weaponry and vessels, which examines a relationship between modern waste and memories of ancient cultural artifacts. Practices and customs from the past are brought back to light through his revival of discarded materials, transformed into objects analogous with self -protection. A laborious craft and meditative consumption of time, transforms forgotten objects into nostalgically interesting and beautiful relics that compel viewers to re-evaluate what our everyday possessions represent and mean to us. Shapiro’s work was included in the December 2013 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine, and he has shown nationally and internationally. Most recently the object’s he creates are being utilized in various symbolic rituals that are performed and filmed. Recent live stage performances include a 30 plus city world tour entitled “Fear Collecting Ritual, A Fools Journey”, Coachella 2015, Kaaboo 2015, and Art Direction behind “The GasLampKiller Experience” video covered by Rolling Stone Magazine.