Cove's hippie marbling culminated in the mid-1970's when he was commissioned to make large marbleized star maps for the first Star Trek conventions, and a 15' by 30' Fab that served as a background for a Grateful Dead and Jefferson Starship free rock concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. As the Hippie Movement started to ebb, so did demand for such psychedelic street art and Cove started doing more paper marbling and other forms of art.
In 1989 Cove organized the first International Marblers Gathering in Santa Fe, NM. Billed as "the largest gathering of marblers in the history of the universe," the conference was attended by 250 marblers from 20 countries. The conference ended with the creation of an 864 square foot piece of marbleized fabric. The world's largest.
To this day Cove views marbling as a magic "Freezing of the moment," a capturing of a slice of time. While classic marbling often is focused on interference patterns, hippie marbling is focused on waves that are in constant motion, right up to the magic moment the fabric touches them. He sees this type of marbling as a "Map to another dimension, a two dimensional map of a three dimensional process, reflecting a four dimensional idea." Cove also sees the process of marbling as a "reflective divination that reflects how the artist is doing in the cosmic world.
For further reading on Cove's marbling, see the following editions of "Ink & Gall, A Marbling Journal": Volume 1, #2: Volume 4, #1: Volume 5, #1.
Cove attended the University of Connecticut. He is currently an artist and political activist living in Santa Fe, NM. He can be reached at: coveymaya (at) earthlink.net.
Here's Some Marbling Links:
Dharma Trading companies marbling supplies.
The Art of Paper and Fabric Marbling, by Galen Berry.
"Rebirth of a Craft." A traveling show by the Museum Of New Mexico.
The Society of Marbling's main web site.
Mathematical Marbling by Audrey Jaffer.
Iris Nevins Hand Marbled Paper.
Photos from the Hippie Revolution by Robert Altman.