Bas Jan Ader, In Search of the Miraculous, July 1975. Bulletin, Art and Project Gallery, Amsterdam. Collection Estate of Bas Jan Ader.
Perhaps the greatest artistic quest of self-realization in our time, Bas Jan Ader's In Search of the Miraculous (One Night in Los Angeles) followed an all-night walk by the artist across the Los Angeles basin to the sea. Lyrics to the Coasters song Searching handwritten along the bottom edge of each photo underscored the formulaic nature of both life and Ader's aesthetic attempt to connect with the sublime. In a further installment of In Search of the Miraculous, Ader set off to cross the Atlantic in a thirteen foot boat. Ader's quest ended in tragedy when his boat was found off the coast of Ireland, its captain missing and presumed lost at sea.