Photo taken with my hand.
Alex Grey and G
On September 29, 2010, I met one of the most talented artists of all time – Alex Grey. If you live in New York, you’ve surely gone to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (and if you didn’t make it, it relocated to upstate New York and is a MUST SEE). His artwork is beyond amazing. When you see his art with your own eyes, it makes your head explode. His precision and detail defies logic and as you view work after work, you immediately feel the need to share his wonderful talent with anyone you can for their own sake! I met Mr. Grey at the book launch party for “Trespass,” an anthology of Urban Art at the Taschen store in New York and he was very nice. When I talked to him, I had to control myself from shaking. I told him that I used to take every person who visited me to the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors from art lovers to non art lovers to my parents and almost everyone left the Chapel in tears. His works are extremely powerful and oh so brilliant (and enormous!). He was very humble and in addition to taking a photo with me, he gave me a 3-D card with one of his works on it! WOW! How Alex Grey is not a household name is beyond me. If you don’t know his work, you owe it to yourself to click on either of the 2 above links because I promise you – you’ll never see anything that even comes close to his stuff. Thanks again Alex. All I can say is that you are really an inspiration and my life is better for having discovered your work!
Photos by G.
Trespass (published by Taschen). Out Now. (Art on both sides by Michael DeFeo).
The Taschen store in SoHo was the hottest place to be in New York both literally and figuratively on September 29, 2010 as the store celebrated the release of its latest book: Trespass. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art. There were so many wonderfully talented artists in the store, it was really a site to behold. I spotted some of my heroes Alex Grey, Ron English and Elbow Toe (and had great conversations with each of them). In addition, I saw The Me Nobody Knows (TMNK), Steve Lambert, Jack Napier, Fumero, Tony Serra, Joshua Allen Harris, Michael DeFeo, Linus Corragio, Laura Keeble, Texual Healing, Charlie Ahearn, Martha Cooper, WK Interact and Milton Kalman, just to name a few.
Ron English, Steve Lambert
There were many more artists present tonight that are not listed, but as a lot of them are ‘renegade,’ nobody knows what they look like. I spoke with several artists who recognized me from this site and a few others thanked me for writing about them! It was a very special night. I urge you to click on the link above as you can leaf through the book and it’s wonderful. Thanks to all the talented artists whom I spoke with tonight. There’s going to be a lot more pictures of my encounters with these artists in the coming days, so stay tuned. Evenings such as this one really make you stop and think about the fact that some of these artists are wanted by the feds for vandalism when all they’ve tried to do is bring their art to the masses and yet the true criminals on Wall Street are allowed to roam freely. Chew on that for awhile.
The opening night crowd at Taschen.