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Autor: KaM©

~ 17/04/14

Masterpiece

A brand new venture for me as an artist has come to fruition accidentally but if you believe in your own talent and try everything that comes to your mind, wait for it, and act on it, something just might happen that will lead you to a brand new horizon or beginning. I was once told by the late iconic pop artist Keith Haring “Don’t just depend on one thing, do a lot of things!” He said this to me as I was carrying a rejected canvas for an exhibition I just knew would be a knock out for the jurors of a particular gallery. I never forgot those words and he was absolutely right because I have experimented with many things in my life and as a result of simply getting in the habit of writing things down (instead of trying to remember off hand) I now have created a song with the help of my cousin Scott R. Trent and “DJ Gusto” of Signature Soul Records. I find it quite ironic that I have been into dance music for well over thirty years as a serious club goer (documented in the last blog article and countless others with real flyers of party events along with old membership cards complete with some great story attached) but due to my injury I can no longer dance. So I can’t dance to my own song and “you can’t beat that with a bat!” Enjoy the music while you travel on your own journey!! -KaM©

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Autor: KaM©

Parallel Universe NYC & Trenton.

Autographed "Fun Gallery the real story." signed Patti Astor

Ok, so lately I have added to my reading material two very much anticipated books that were released in the past year. The first one is titled “No Slam Dancing No Stage Diving No Spikes” which is an oral history of the now legendary City Gardens nightclub located in Trenton, New Jersey where I spent most of my young adult life trying to get my footing in this journey called life when I wasn’t doing the same thing in New York City, when I could afford it. I’m quoted in this book as saying “I didn’t go to college, I went to DISCO!” The second book “Fun Gallery the true story” is about the creation of the east village gallery scene plus the graffiti/Hip Hop cultural migration from the South Bronx to downtown Manhattan told by a very courageous woman named Patti Astor (her public name) who was brave enough to follow her instincts and promote art that was deemed a public image problem and worthless along with its creators [I wish we would have met back then] in New York City at the time. We hung out at the same clubs and probably attended the same art openings when Soho was the art capital of the world. Both books combined basically tell my life story through the images and stories of other people who lived the same creative-driven life which is now considered the most money-fueled art boom of the eighties in New York. And; as far as Trenton is concerned, this also was the most energetic time that reconnected the city with the rest of the world musically as opposed to the industrial background it once had well over fifty years ago. Also both books have films produced. The former “No Slam Dancing No Stage Diving No Spikes” will soon be released under the new title “Riot On The Dance Floor” and will be screened at this season’s Sundance Film Festival and the later has been the subject of many films most notably “Wild Style” which Patti herself stars in with costar Fab 5 Freddy and a whole cast of scene makers that were real artists and not Hollywood actors pretending to be part of the real Hip Hop Nation!

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.

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