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Autor: KaM©

~ 28/01/14

(RED) Art for AIDS release. Kidrobot x Keith Haring.

Central Voice article featuring Haring mural & Karey Maurice.

Central Voice article featuring Haring mural & Karey Maurice.

I’m a couple of months behind in writing this article but; the theme of red is still very appropriate for the first month of the year. The color of red represents a lot of meanings all of which indicate a state of urgency either exhilarating,fearful or even meditative. I’ll start off by saying that in my case all the above descriptions apply so bare with me on this reporting of two events that have guided me in real time to a major change in my life experiences. The first thing was the release of a great article about me and my experience hanging around the late pop artist Keith Haring over twenty years ago now [Wow,where does the time go?] and, a new restoration project of one of his murals painted in Philadelphia during or around the same time I met him which is the irony of the whole thing because I never seen the mural until I looked it up in a retrospective catalog prior to seeing it in the Central Voice news article. At the same time Kidrobot™ x (PRODUCT) RED™ x Keith Haring foundation teamed up and create a limited edition designer toy mascot release to fight the global AIDS epidemic and I was invited to the release party @Kidrobot™ New York but was unable to attend because at the time I was in Philadelphia [more irony?] but I made sure I got my hands on two of the 7″inch figures before they sold out! Now,the flip side of it all is that I have been worried or (Seeing Red) about a situation that has been wearing me down slowly for quite some time and without sharing “TMI” (To much information.) I’ll just say that time will be the conduit in which I travel through a maze of O.P.S. (Other Peoples Shit.) and arrive at some place of peace and tranquility with all my special needs met. I remain optimistic as ever that everything will fall into place just like a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

Autor: KaM©

~ 03/12/13

Dunny (Evolved series) Opening SoHo NYC. Frank Kozik & Karey Maurice

I had the rare opportunity to hit the “City” for not just one event, but two in the same night and in the same neighborhood which I was very familiar with called (SoHo) and lately the event invitations keep pulling me not only to the same section of town but; ironically, the same street.
The first event was a fundraiser to gather money for the annual Halloween Parade which I thought like most people was funded by the Cultural Commission of New York or something and the money was always secured somehow? But the truth of the matter is that the parade is privately funded and is supported by only the people who seem to want to keep the tradition alive!
The event was held at a place called “The Fun House Gallery” which I had never heard of before but was curious to check it out because of the convenience of it’s location to the second event at Kidrobot just around the corner on Prince Street where I knew there was going to be a photo opportunity and a chance to meet some of my designer toy heroes like Huck Gee and Frank Kozik (seen in photo) who were doing a signing of a new Dunny release in conjunction with New York Comic Con this year. I got a chance to speak with Mr. Kozik outside the store and was able to grab a snapshot with him after having him sign one of my purchases that night.

Autor: KaM©

~ 17/09/13

Lotus & Karey Maurice#Brillo#Box

Nobody can complain about the weather this year thats for sure;I thought it was the perfect mix of warm hot & sticky just like I like it although there’s were record breaking rain showers. I was productive in a sense that I took full advantage of the best days to get some new projects underway that will have an interesting outcome once they are completed. I will go into small detail but that’s about it for now; all I can say is that I have improved my sculpting skills and have learned to allow time to actually slow down the process for better results.
My travels were very minimal but I did manage to go to the Jersey shore once which is always therapeutic for me,I just wish I could stay longer than just a couple of hours when I get there. I have been spending quite a bit of time in Philadelphia and the last visit produced a very unique encounter with none other than Justin Timberlake as he was leaving the Four Seasons hotel the day after his concert with Jay Z at the Citizens Bank Park stadium. I also discovered a new restaurant/lounge “Vango” that I enjoyed very much due to the fact that they have real good Dj’s who play House music and although I did not order any food while I was there I heard that they got some tasty dishes on their menu so next time I visit I’ll be sure to try and sample something.
This year I was asked to teach a Master Class at Trenton’s ‘Art All Night’ which I was pleased with however I wish I had time to submit some artwork so everyone could see what I have been up to in the studio. I was involved in an exhibition at the Shakespere Theatre in Philadelphia titled “Envisioning Othello” of which I won best in show (Blue Ribbon) with one of my self-portraits that I created before leaving my studio located in Trenton five years ago.
I think the highlight of the summer was towards the end when I released one of my poems and have now turned it into a song with the help of my cousin who wrote the music that inspired the collaboration. It will be featured on an LP just as soon as it is completed sometime before the end of the year. I also was interviewed for a book about the defunct night club City Gardens titled “No Slam Dancing,No Stage Diving,No Spikes” which will include some of my photographs and artwork that I installed inside the dancehall during its most fruitful period.
To end this post I’ld like to mention that my online Birthday party was fantastic and I got best wishes from England,Paris,Amsterdam and Rome,Italy which is pretty amazing!!

Autor: KaM©

~ 15/07/13

Riot On The Dance Floor/The Movie poster_Randy_Ellis

City Gardens night club Trenton,New Jersey

An Oral History: A film and book about the now defunct nightclub City Gardens located in Trenton (Ewing) New Jersey.

This will sort of be an; “extra extra read all about it,” kinda post because I couldn’t begin to explain how important this story is to my social life and,a pivotal point in my artistic life that meant living a double edge sword kinda of life living for the moment really.
Back then when this club was in its prime of operation and provided a sort of underground but very much above ground safe haven for the artsy type who weren’t sure if they were going to become professional artists or much less graduate from the local college campuses that were just short cab rides from this now infamous night spot. Those who didn’t have cars couldn’t bum rides because of their self-inflicted anti socialism and loyalty to the dance. In this case it was called the (90¢ cent Dance night.) that was a starving artist(s) or anyone’s dream admission price.Plus. 90¢ draught beer all night made it very lively on most Thursday evenings.
I would attend this night club every week from 1979 all the way up til its closing sometime around 1998 I believe or it could have been a few years after that but the club that I knew and loved had long gone anyway once it became known by people who just wanted a cheap drink and a freak show!!
And so now a movie and book will be released some time this year and I was told that I may appear in the movie somewhere as an extra because they do show some 90¢ dance night footage in the film “Riot On The Dance Floor” featuring the promoter Randy “Now” Ellis and how he put his whole life into the club and has no retirement plan to grow old and graceful for bringing such an cultural & musical institution to Trenton, New Jersey.
I have been interviewed for the book ” No Slam Dancing,No Stage Diving,No Spikes an oral history.” talking about my experience and input into the visual aesthetic of the interior of the club as well as some personal stories that I felt comfortable about speaking to be publicized in a book. I hope somebody buys the rights to both stories and makes a film that tells the complete story with no one side outweighing the other;which the nightclub truly deserves because it was our local CBGB’s that hosted some of the very same bands.

Autor: KaM©

~ 01/07/13

Artist KaMo giving the royal salute!! F.U. Haters...

Some people after suffering an injury tend to give up on life and either become complacent or worse; drug addicts to escape their new reality.
I chose to not give up and try to rebuild my life as much as possible under these new circumstances.
What has helped me is the fact that I have a talent that, although altered, is still very much a part of my mental edge to overcome all obstacles that present themselves each and every day.
Some may say that it’s bragging or being a primadonna as I’ve been called by a few.
I say it’s being a strong motherf*er that will stop at nothing until I find my rightful place in this society as an important contemporary artist in my lifetime.
I’ve had to struggle all my life to be gainfully employed because I lack the college degree pedigree that everyone is looking for even in the fine art business. But to my credit I continue to push forward despite this small detail when it comes to being a professional artist; something that I have been pursuing for over twenty five years. The best part about my unorthodox method is that I don’t have student loans hanging over my head like most college graduates.
I refuse to allow someone or some thing to get me off my game plan for I have been dormant for far to long (7 years to be exact.) to have me believe that I am undeserving of such a reward for my hard work and dedication to something I truly believe I can obtain despite my physical challenges.
Like the late Malcolm X once said “By any means necessary.” I’m ready for anything that comes my way good,bad or indifferent!!
Bring your A game baby!!

Autor: KaM©

~ 16/05/13

I must go back a bit before I explain what the photos below are all about. For you see, I forgot to bring my iPod with me the last time I went to Manhattan for an art opening. That show was Markus Pearson @ Pop International and I enjoyed every minute I was there. I even got a chance to speak with Markus about the inspiration for his coyote character, “in love with living life” theme, that is his signature work of art.
I really appreciate his work and would like to purchase a resin sculpture of the coyote figure someday in the not too distant future but for now, I just have to settle with a memory.
After being there for roughly one hour, my artist friend Pruchon phoned to tell me there was something going on at Opera gallery just around the corner and that I should stop by because a lot of artists were there chilling at the Rostarr + Saber exhibition, sipping on free spirits, and enjoying all the eye candy.
So I left Pop International and headed to Opera to soak in the last remaining hour I had left in Manhattan before I had to return home and nurse my self-inflicted wounds for traveling in the first place.
Well the journey turned out to be another fruitful one because it was like a continuum of the last time I was there but even better because I ran into Ron English, and we tipped glasses in acknowledgement. I chatted with Pruchon (who was late on arrival) and some other cool artists. Then Marty Cooper walked into the gallery with Carlo McCormick and I approached Martha to introduce myself to her and Carlo because she had just returned her book, Street Art, (signed) to me via Henry Chalfant who also signed it before giving it to her to sign. So it was only natural that I mention that fact to break the ice as we chatted before eventually feeling uncomfortable because all the cameras started rolling and we didn’t know what it was for. None of us had signed any releases, so our meeting was short & sweet.
Now on to this latest adventure that I saved up my energy for and once again my instincts proved to be correct in selecting the right event to attend.This art exhibition was the work of Yoshitomo Nara, an artist from Japan, who once visited Princeton University a few years ago for a lecture about his life & study in Dussledorf, Germany as well as his first solo exhibition “Nobody’s Fool” at the Asian Society in New York City.
During that visit to Princeton, I had him draw one of his signature characters on a Kidrobot product that I planned to complete later in hopes of seeing him again so that he could sign his name on our inadvertent collaboration.This ultimately turned out to be an impossibility because of all the cameras in Mr. Nara’s face and the fans trying to get a good shot of him with their iPhones. I just stood off to the side and watched the mayhem. Later I did run into Pruchon and another guy that I saw earlier, so I showed them my collaboration piece and they directed me to this Chinese woman who was a Yoshitomo Nara fanatic. I showed her the customized Munny and she got so excited that she wanted to take pictures with it all over the gallery in front of the paintings. I stumbled behind her trying to keep up because she loved the piece so much I thought she was going to run out of the gallery with it.
The third phase of the evening consisted of me doing some filming and meeting this woman who was with the son of Holly Solomon, the famous art dealer who was one of the first to open a gallery in Soho. She was also one of Andy Warhol’s first photobooth models for his portrait series.We chatted about the good old eighties and the fact that Keith Haring used to take me to the bank with him on Broadway & Houston, right around the corner from the Holly Solomon gallery which is where Jeffery Deitch used to work before opening his own gallery. I thanked the two of them for speaking with me and went on my merry way because I knew it was time to head back home to Princeton.

Nichole (?) posing with Nara + KaM© collaboration @Pace Gallery.

Nichole (?) posing with Nara + KaM© collaboration @ Pace Gallery.

artist Karey Maurice @ Pace Gallery /Yoshitomo Nara opening reception.

The crowd @ Pace Gallery/Yoshitomo Nara opening reception.

Autor: KaM©

~ 08/04/13

I’ll start off this blog entry by saying trust your instincts and better yet; accept every invitation when humanly possible! You never know who you might meet or just who may be watching you from afar.
This past Thursday April 4th 2013 Kenny (Jet) Scharf opened his solo exhibition with a colorful explosion of paintings & large sculptures that gave you that spacey organic atmosphere feeling that only he can provide and is his signature environment. The paint was bubbling off the canvas with oozing shapes and splashes along with soft balloon like forms with eyes just inviting you into this world of cosmic [Kolor] as the title of the exhibition suggested.
The sculptures there were large in scale. One had this Ooh No type of expression with mouth wide open. Another one had more of a monster grimace with teeth and sinister eyes ready to just attack you if you didn’t behave. The third one was a totem of a mixture of expressions that towered over everybody in attendance which leads me to try to describe the crowd that showed up for the art show.
I had received a personal message via Facebook ( I personally call it Fessbook) from my new Gal Pal Drena DeNiro and that was the prime motivator for me because I was in great anticipation to finally meet her in person because we share some personal connections to the early 1980’s New York art scene and have been messaging each other about that since I sent her a friends request that she surprisingly accepted some time ago.
A lot of these people were in attendance on this night so it made things kinda personal and a warmer experience than the usual fashion show-N-tell that most openings can turn out to be. But, don’t get me wrong, that can be fun too if you’re a voyeur like myself and get excited in large crowds.
I met the one and only Fab 5 Freddy, Mark Kostabi, and ran into Rick Prol again after meeting him at the last exhibition I attended in New York; I also met Allison Goldenstein a friend of Drena’s who is connected to the fashion business and designs clothing from what I know of her personally. I saw Kenny’s beautiful youngest daughter Malia who I keep mistaking for another young beauty named Andrea Diaz who stayed in our Orbit most of the evening so she appears in a lot of shots Tasha K. captured of the audience.
The only thing about these art openings that has changed a lot since I use to attend them back in the early 80’s is that people view it as a night out on the town; a sort of entertainment and a way to escape paying for drinks. So you heard the term freeloader [even though the gallery was dry] being whispered amongst the in-crowd who back in the day brought our own party material with us and shared with whoever was in need of a quick pick me up and you made new friends that way.You could tell who was just there looking for beer or wine to drink. I have or I should say my #1 Gal Pal Tasha K. captured some awesome shots of the evening which I’m happy to share here. Check them out!

Box fade guy @ Kolors exhibition ©Tasha K. 2013

Diva people @ Kolors exhibition ©Tasha K. 2013

Fashion plate guest @ Kolors exhibition ©KaM© 2013

Fab 5 Freddy & KaM© @ Kolors exhibition ©KaM© 2013

KAM© & Drena DeNiro +Bruno Schmidt @ Kolors exhibition ©Tasha K.2013

KAM© & Mark Kostabi @ Kolors exhibition ©Tasha K.2013

Andrea Diaz @ Kolors exhibition.

Malia Scharf + guest @ Kolors exhibition ©Tasha K.2013

Tasha Kersey @ Kolors exhibition ©KaM© 2013

Totem sculpture @ Paul Kasmin Gallery ©Tasha K. 2013

Allison Goldstein @ Paul Kasmin gallery photo © Tasha K. 2013

Autor: KaM©

~ 25/03/13

When I say the fun outweighs the effort;I’m not kidding around at all! Last Thursday I mustered up the energy to travel to New York City for an opening I discovered published in Clutter Magazine’s online publication about this exhibition “Pop Surrealism” that featured the most prominent figures of the genre that I know of especially a few in particular namely Colin Christian & wife Sas along with Ray Caesar,Ron English,Camilla D’Errico,Lori Earley,Scott Musgrove and many more.The gallery is located in SoHo on Spring Street so I was very familiar with the area because its where I use to do most of my shopping back in the early 80’s and just simply hang out when most of the galleries were located there before moving to Chelsea about twelve years ago now or longer.
As a routine stop I had to check out an artist [Ron Jones] who has been on the corner of Broadway & Prince Street for just as long as I can remember and he has become part of the landscape as far as I am concerned so I stopped a chatted with him as I usually do and I’m glad I did because he gave me a gift just for making the effort understanding my condition.
After that it was what I thought was going to be a quick in and out visit to Kidrobot down the block to get my fix of their exclusive custom toy/sculptures & apparel before going to the opening at Opera gallery.
Well, the visit turned out to be a beautiful time well spent with the staff who showed my crazy respect and informed me of some of the rereleases that are scheduled to drop sometime soon.
Now on to the gallery after spending more time than I thought I would with the folks at KR and I turn the corner and walk one block only to run into Dylan who I met years ago standing online @ Kidrobot for Dunny creator Tristan Eaton’s then new release in 2008 so I have known him for quite some time and he recognized me right away.
We both entered the gallery together but I headed for the refreshment table right away so I could take the edge off with a glass of red wine. After that I broke out the iPod to start capturing the moment for my archeives and become a part of my work in progress film ” Chealsea Nights” which is really about my adventures visiting art galleries & special events. I only walked around part of the exhibition and found a seat at a table located in the rear of the gallery so I could relax and I was joined by this Haitian American artist named Prushion who vibed up with me emediatly and we began to connect and exchanged information so we could stay in touch. I have a short film clip I made of him to add to my documentation.

KaM© @ Opera gallery. photo ©2013 Dylan Evans

Artists Rick Prol & KaM© at Opera gallery NYC 2013

Popaganda artist Ron English & KaM© at Opera gallery 2013

Long Island Lady with KaM© on New Jersey Transit southbound.

Autor: KaM©

~ 04/03/13

Interview on WIMG with host Jacque Howard with guest tronix & KaMo

Mick Rock & Karey Maurice aka KaMo @ Pop International NYC.

I’m so happy that I force myself to take on physical challenges that (usually) result in postive outcomes and this month I sure did push the envolope with testing my ability to overcome my limitations. I have missed so many shows & exhibitions that I had to organize my own which I explained was quite an ordeal but, I really miss attending other artists openings in NYC the most and on one decent [meaning weather] day I decided to go to Pop International Gallery’s grand opening of their midtown location which featured an South African artist Benny Gool who took photographs of Nelson Mandela for an extended period of time during the anti-arpartied leaders life & legacy. When I arrived I was surprised that there was a guest list and I was asked of course was I invited or had R.S.V.P in advance,so; I lied and made the beautiful young lady search her list for my name and when she couldn’t find it,she just asked me for my name & email address.Then the owner Jeff Jaffe saw me standing there stalled and came over to great me. After that it was all good because people wanted to know who I was. The pictures were stunning and very affordable if you had a couple thou to drop on a print nicely framed. That’s what I like about Pop art is the fact that when its newely introduced to the public you can actually buy something.
While I was there I met some very interesting people and they seemed very warm towards me and carried on a very stimulating conversation about the artwork & photographs on display. I even got the opportunity to meet the artist Benny Gool and his biographer as well as speak with rock photographer Mick Rock [shown above] who is David Bowie’s number one guy for photo documentary of his career.
Another great moment that I mentioned in my last post(s) is that I did two Interviews one for WIMG 1300 am/WZBN Mercer County local station channel 25, the Trentonian and a short guest appearance on WTSR 91.3fm with America’s hottest lady DJ Miss Sue Miss Sue about the “Cross Your Heart” exhibition a few days before it closed on February 28th.
So Wow!! What a month it has been and I’m now in Philadelphia doing a little recouperatting so to speak but I seroiusly doubt that because I am so close to the museums that I just have to get another dose of art from one of the premier city’s for it!!
Stay Tuned…

Autor: KaM©

~ 03/03/13

February 2013 turned out to feel like I was being transported through a portal of emotional time and space combined with a certain escalation of my recognition as an artist but not in terms of any monitary gain; I ‘m speaking of a fantasy is reality kind of existance where there’s no distinction between the two and everything feels normal to deal with a certain dissadvantage and turn it into a positive outcome!!
One example of this directly is organizing this exhibition “Cross Your Heart” that was quite an undertaking on my behalf because I had to recruit the assistance of my friend Tobias Grace who had to sort through my storage space with me to put together a show within one half hour of the day of installing the show because I was sort of censored for the work I really wanted to exhibit and,the Trentonian contacted me the day before scheduling an Interview with me the same day while the work was being placed on the walls so there was all this kind of distorsion in the sound quality but it turned out fine because its history now.
I almost didn’t make it to the reception because of my high levels of pain I was experiencing because I was in way over my head in physical activity;and,if it wasn’t for my friend Jacquie Nicholas Nelson who offered to pick me up and bring me back home I would have just stayed home just lying on my back until the next day. She convinced me to go because she said a lot of people would be there to see me and she was right! When we arrived to the Trenton Social the place was packed there must have been one hundred people there shoulder to shoulder and I greeted as many people as I could before it would ruen my night we emediatly found a table so Jacquie and her friend Lynette could have something to eat while I worked the room and try to speak with every eye that caught mine because people are more sensitive when their at an art opening and they know the artist;they kind of get offended when you don’t greet them when they want your attention.You have to be a good social politician to navigate through all the personal perceptions folks have of you until they see you in full ragailia holding court.
The show didn’t go over without its drama but to speak on that would make the reader get the impression that I enjoy such a thing;which I don’t. I much perfer a more classier approach and keep my lack of knowledge about a particular subject under wraps and say “Oh I didn’t know that?” insted of trudging forward with my own personal opinions that become a merry-go-round type of experience. I’m happy about all the indirect opportunities that sprang up as a result of the show or something else, which is why I call this blog post the [wonderment and enchantment] because after all the effort I put out to do this exhibition; I got back so much more in terms of confidence and being able to explain myself and what I’m about while being interviewed in front of a camera without falling apart. I was radio interviewed by Jacque Howard for WIMG 1300am which aired publically on television WZBN channel 25 which again becomes a part of my historical archieves for just one month.
One thing that also seemed weird about the show is that at one point after returning to the exhibtion to see how sales were going I noticed a painting was missing off the wall. Another thing that caught me by surprise is that on the same day I witnessed two more paintings were placed on the floor so the restaurant staff could watch television (Telemundo) with the LCD projector because;I was told,it was a slow day. I couldn’t (or maybe I could) believe that nobody noticed the one painting missing until I posted the observation on facebook with a picture of the alledged missing painting.But when we did the deinstallation the day the sow closed the painting magically popped up? I’m not judging anybody, I’m just stating what really happened during this homecoming of sorts of an exhibition I survived.I know everyone enjoyed the show regardless of my experience anyway so it was a great success!!

Artist: Karey Maurice alongside his self-portrait @ Trenton Social Trenton, New Jersey.

Red Cross paintings on display @ Trenton Social February 2013.

Artist: Karey Maurice w/Jacquie & Lynette

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