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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?

Autor: KaM©

~ 08/08/14

US1 cover of (artist sculptor) Seward Johnson

I just picked up a copy of the local “What’s Happening” news paper US1 that serves Mercer’s County with vital information about current businesses/ people profiles/social events/community networking opportunities but thats not all.

For years since the paper was introduced to the public it has been a vital source of information about people and what their passion is and how it relates to the rest of us in a tangible way.

“Something you can sink your teeth into if you know what I mean?” In other words the information can be useful and when it comes to covering the activities of local artists I can’t think of another person [I stand corrected: Ilene Dube & Janet Parcel] who has consistently reported on the State of The Arts more than Mr. Dan Aubrey who I have known since my brief college years at Mercer County Community College and my off and on relationship with TAWA (Trenton Artist Workshop) over the past three decades.

Dan has managed to be where the action is consistently in his writing about the local art scene which is very well known at this point thanks to his heads up reporting for example his latest article on Seward Johnson founder of Grounds for Sculpture and the man I like to call the Walt Disney of art for the common man.

Trenton in particular seriously needed someone passionate enough to capture what has been going on underneath the radar (now computer) screens of the world actually. I often though about doing the job myself going around to different events and giving my opinion about it but I didn’t think people would take me seriously because of a lack of academic credentials on my part. So I’m glad we have a person like Mr. Aubrey who has been around long enough to sift through the sh_t and only write about the Shine-Ola!! Great Job! Dan Aubrey I solute you….

My Seward Johnson story begins right when the family was going through all that Estate problems because it was highly publicized. I was working at the time ironically right down the street from where I currently live. The department store named Epstein’s is where she [The Mistress] would pull up in a limousine and buy her shoe(s) and; everybody always gossiped about the help (Maid) inheriting Jasna Polana the family Estate on route 206 that is now a world class golf course and country club for the elite. I also use to live walking distance from this unbelievable property and had the pleasure of attending a couple of events there. To describe how the Johnson’s lived in that particular location would be exploitive if I went into detail about the decor. Lets just say no expense was spared!

Shortly after those events and a few failed attempts to join the foundry as an apprentice sculptor I ended up working in 2001 at the restaurant RAT’s inside Grounds For Sculpture and I met Seward a few times while he was entertaining people in his private studio which has a door located in one of the dining rooms upstairs of the restaurant. His journey is unorthodox and I certainly can relate to that and truly believe in the karma that he spoke about in Mr. Aubrey’s article.

Autor: KaM©

~ 01/07/14

KAM© at Trenton Art All Night 2014

One badass band. Trenton's Art All Night 2014

During the last week of June in Trenton, New Jersey Artworks hosted it’s annual “Art All Night” at one of the old Robeling wire cable plant buildings (where a lot of americas suspension bridge cables were manufactured.) that attracts well over 30,00 visitors within a twenty four hour period is a huge success!

This year the writer of this article was invited to do a master workshop class which I opted out of to focus on trying to submit one of my own works of art for this 24 hour extravaganza of which I haven’t shown any art in quite some time since I moved from Trenton six years ago. I wanted to use my time as effective as I possibly could with the understanding that my time is very limited.

I knew I would run into any and everybody I’ve ever encountered in the art community during my active artistic years in the entire Mercer’s County just by hanging out checking out all the art & people who flood this massive complex to become one creative community.

The next best thing was the after sale & directors choice exhibition held at Artworks on Saturday June 28th where the buyers could meet the artists in person and co-mingle over some cocktails. I thought that was a brilliant idea and so; kudos to the organizers for recognizing this very important step to creating an community that supports itself and in the end supports the city in terms of generating sales & use tax if in fact these artists are registered with tax ID numbers and are doing the right thing?

I was one of the lucky ones who’s artwork became an “Object of Appreciation” and although I did attend the reception to meet the purchaser that never happened [Lol] during the course of the evening but once again I had a great time just talking with fellow artists who were just as happy as I was to sell or be selected for inclusion  and be appreciated for just that moment.

I did ironically find out a little bit about the woman who just loved my digital print and couldn’t wait to hang it on her wall once she got home. I was told this by a young woman who works at GELAVINO gelato & cafe at the shopping center here in North Princeton the very next day when I walked in for lunch. She was a volunteer that previous evening at Artworks who gave me my check in number so the buyer could find me. It just goes to show you that the art community in Mercer’s County is abundant and plentiful with lots of creative souls who seem to find each other.

Autor: KaM©

~ 17/04/14

Unofficial cover art for the Ep with 'Masterpiece' track.

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©

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.

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