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Autor: KaM©

~ 19/08/15

Two exhibitions that are on view right now locally have a significant point of reference which is the artwork produced by three artists.
The timing couldn’t be any better to see the artwork of an artist and where his or her influence comes from first hand all at once by visiting two local museums during the month of August.

To make a long story short and interesting I will start by saying “These two artist Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are really at the center when it comes to understanding my particular style of mixing Neo-expressionism Pop and social political issues all together.

I’ve also left clues to the past by using images from art history that I find relevant and to the point I’m trying to make. Most people have no idea that I am a part of that movement Howie Montaug coined “The New York Downtown 500″ of which I was number 499 if anyone is counting.

On August 9th I gave a gallery talk at the museum and I simply instructed the audience to visit the Princeton Art Museum to look at the work of Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring then return to the Trenton City Museum and look once again at my two sculptures. Clearly you will see the heavy influence these two artists had on me and my continuation of the dialog that is still relevant to todays social and moral issues.

Of Color.... exhibition at Trenton City Museum on view until August 30th.

Of Color…. exhibition at Trenton City Museum on view until August 30th.

Artist Karey Maurice at Trenton City Museum. Of Color exhibition.

Artist Karey Maurice at Trenton City Museum. Of Color exhibition.

Artwork(s) by Jean Michel Basquiat Keith Haring on view at Princeton Art Museum.

Artwork(s) by Jean Michel Basquiat Keith Haring on view at Princeton Art Museum.

Collecting contemporary curated by Kelly Baum on view @Princeton Art Museum.

Collecting contemporary curated by Kelly Baum on view @Princeton Art Museum.

Autor: KaM©

~ 09/06/15

Artist KAM© in Washington Square Park New York City.

Artist KAM© in Washington Square Park New York City.

Painters SHAG & Karey Maurice @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery NYC. photo by Jonathan LeVine.

Painters SHAG & Karey Maurice @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery NYC. photo by Jonathan LeVine.

After experiencing some very negative feedback from some folks I thought I knew; it has driven me back to where I once started building a career, New York City.
Although I have great difficulty getting around it’s much better to struggle there than any place I can think of at the moment.
I enjoy visiting familiar territory around the west village & SoHo especially Washington Square Park where people still gather to soak up some sun and local entertainment.

But their is plenty more to descover just north west of 14th Street like the new elevated park called the Highline which runs through the new art gallery scene in Chelsea and begins with the new location of the Whitney Museum which I am dying to visit or even become a member.

My second to last visit I did a little gallery hopping and met SHAG aka Josh Angle who was just as groovy as his paintings suggest and I immediately detected his southern California swag.
I can’t wait until my next adventure.

Autor: KaM©

~ 03/06/15

'Englewood Cliffs' works on paper 8" x 10"

‘Englewood Cliffs’ works on paper 8″ x 10″

'Til Death' series Corrie Kibler

‘Til Death’ series Corrie Kibler

Rarely do I post pictures of new works of art on this blog page but, I must have something to show someone who may be interested in seeing my artwork.

The working method has changed dramatically from what I’ve been working on for the past year, it seems that experimentation is the optimal word here because I love to push the boundaries between past & present influences.

This time I’ve taken a step back in order to move forward using collage as the main ingredient.The materials are also a revisit from past experiments with stencil and spray paint and of course my WOWO® technique.

The subject matter is a little softer in content and I call these paintings ‘Cafe Style’ in the sense that the narrative is romance and longevity.

Autor: KaM©

~ 29/03/15

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Yesterday I got the opportunity to put on some fresh clothing furnished by BACHRACH inside the Quakerbridge mall. Then I was to be Interviewed by Jacque Howard creator of TRENTON365 and radio personality for WIMG a community based station that focuses on local community activity.

In the Interview I told Mr.Howard that fashion was my first creative interest and I enjoy wearing great clothes every now & then. It really depends on the affair I’m attending.

I felt the Interview went well although I always feel that I am stumbling over my words or get tangled up in my thought process and forget what information I’m trying to deliver whenever I’m Interviewed by somebody.

Interview Link: http://trenton365.blogspot.com/2015/05/male-fashion-civic-engagement-at.html

Autor: KaM©

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Autor: KaM©

~ 04/12/14

Choreographer/director Bill T. Jones with Judith Hamera @Princeton public library.


On December 1st the Princeton public library hosted a conversation/book signing with Bill T. Jones and Judith Hamera part of the ‘Thinking Allowed’ series.
Although I was exhausted from the wonderful Thanksgiving weekend I had I knew I had to attend this event no matter how uncomfortable it might be on me physically.
Planing to attend something is no guarentee that I will actually show up but, in anticipation of attending I hashed out a plan to create a special Objet d‘art to give to Mr. Jones when I got the opportunity.

Ironically I customized a PRODUCT(RED)™ X Kidrobot X Keith Haring foundation collaboration that was originally released for AIDS in Africa reasearch.
It so happened that December 1st is officially World AIDS Day so I credit the timing of it all to a common spirit that Bill and myself share through Keith Haring our mutual friend who died of AIDS related complications in 1990 and Mr. Jones partner & collaborator Arnie Zane who also suffered from the same complications and died in 1987 the same year I met Keith and Mr. Jones some thirty years ago.
I was able to present my gift after the talk/signing and Mr. Jones loved the object and we briefly discussed our little collection we both have of the artist work that was personally gifted to us.
He signed my book “Thanks for keeping Keith Alive with US!” which I will add to the collection of books I have autographed by various authors.

Autor: KaM©

~ 28/11/14

Happy Birthday Keith and Thoughful Keith shown in photograph.

Kidrobot x PRODUCT(RED)® x Keith Haring x KaM©

"Keep Watch" Dunny Kidrobot x Mishka

Part of my healing process after my transformation has been collecting and customizing vinyl action figures. Some I reimagine and totally make an entire new creation others I leave alone, it depends.
I seem to fined great pleasure in just having these objects on display in my studio for inspiration and comfort.
The thrill of trying to purchase these small works of art due to their limited release is comparable to big game hunting in the bush.
Once you get your hands on them it is totally up to you weather you want to admire it as it is or, think of something to do with it?

The mascots created by Kidrobot in collaboration with PRODUCT (RED)® x Keith Haring Foundation to fight against AIDS in Africa are great figures to customize and add the face of the artist who’s characters are all over the figure.

The other fantastic looking figure the Dunny is another collaboration by Kidrobot x MISHKA that I mentioned in my last post I went to Brooklyn for to pick up. This one is so cool looking that I promised myself I will not touch it mainly because of the way I acquired it. (Lol)

Autor: KaM©

Some might say ‘Huh?’ “What does terror hustle really mean?”
How I explain it is that;it is a person that is so terrified of being unsuccessful or have a fear of living a meaningless life expresses extreme motivation coupled with extreme anxiety!
Now that I have explained it I can move forward to telling a story about my adventure to New York City.
I always must maximize the time I spend there because of obvious reasons and so I must plan properly in order to enjoy myself plus, recognize opportunity when it presents itself; New York is like that,you gotta go with the flow.
For the first time in over a decade I rode the subway to Brooklyn to pick up a special item I pre-ordered at this years NYCC not realizing that the retailer was not in Manhattan. Then I made my way back home but first stopping at the Jonathan Le Vine gallery to support Dose Green and check out his new paintings.
On my way after getting lost in lower Manhattan for about a half hour I finally made it to the Chelsea section where the gallery is and I magically run into an artist I haven’t seen in over twenty years.
I recognized him right away and called out his name as he passed by me and, I was correct it was Sergio Klafke from Sao Paulo Brazil looking almost the same as he did when we last met.
Then the celebration began inside the gallery illustrated below when I ran into Wild Style film producer Charlie Ahearn and had a short respectful conversation with the man himself Dose Green who gave me thanks for the support.

Dose Green exhibition @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery artist Karey Maurice and film maker Charlie Ahearn.

Opening reception for Dose Green @ Jonathan LeVine gallery 557C west 23rd street NYC.

Artist Karey Maurice at Dose Green's opening reception @ JLV gallery NYC.

Autor: KaM©

~ 15/10/14

“I left my wallet in El Segundo is how the day started off!”

NYCC 2014 artist Karey Maurice @Swatch booth #404

Jacob Javitz Center New York Comic Con 2014. Artist: Karey Maurice

What I mean by quoting ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ is exactly what happened. I left my wallet at the studio and had to turn around and get it before heading to New York City for Comic Con this year.

Arriving two hours behind schedule wasn’t that big of a deal but, it did stop me from exploring the Javitz Center fully like last year. A good thing too because I really have to pin point the reason for going in the first place.

This time the highlight was approaching the Swatch ® booth and showing them my watch that Keith Haring strapped on my wrist the first day we met. The woman & gentleman behind me were very excited to see the timepiece and took some pictures of it while I explained a little bit about myself. I also expressed interest in possibly creating a design for the company and showed them a little sample.

The Con is always very exciting and simply; just filled with people who enjoy expressing themselves! I don’t go through the ritual of dressing like my favorite cartoon character or super hero/villain but I sure appreciate the folks who do because they rule. Without them there would really be no audience to watch while they are watching you! PERVERTS NOT WELCOMED..

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Autor: KaM©

~ 28/09/14

Artist Karey Maurice @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery NYC 2014

Authors: Amy Yates Wuelfing & Steven Dilodovico with artist Karey Maurice.

This summer was the most unusual for the author due to I usually try to enjoy the great outdoors. Although I got out and about locally I did do just few outings that were more like reconnaissance missions for the things I needed for my new studio and;personal image.
I did attend a book signing in the spring for ‘Notice: No Slam Dancing No Stage Diving No Spikes’ in New York @ Jonathan LeVine gallery and it was a terrible experience because of my problems and the authors don’t seem very inclusive when it comes to explaining to people that “I have the best stories in the book” as written in my signed copy of the damn thing.

The optimal word of this post is job because I worked very hard on creating the atmosphere that will be conducive to the future of living here in Princeton New Jersey as a person living with a disability and productive artist god willing. I not only totally renovated the studio I made some improvements physically and this allowed me to finish what I started two months ago.

I made some new friends in the literary world that somewhere down the line I will find out the purpose of their presents in my life. One world renowned writer/poet I met at the gym of all places has given me permission to use some of his writing for a collaborative project for WCA (World Citizen Artists) a group that I joined recently. I know it’s to premature to guess what’s coming next?

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