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Autor: KaM©

~ 30/10/16

Tip of the 'Highline' photo courtesy ©Jlnelson 2016

Tip of the ‘Highline’ photo courtesy ©Jlnelson 2016

Artist Karey Maurice @Gallery Allouche opening night of Ron English's show GUERNICA.

Artist Karey Maurice @Gallery Allouche opening night of Ron English’s show GUERNICA.

JoAnne Artman Gallery NYC artists and actress Karey Maurice & Drena DiNiro.

JoAnne Artman Gallery NYC artist and actress Karey Maurice & Drena DiNiro.

Needless to say I haven’t made a blog post in quite some time and that’s for two reasons. One you can’t live and write at the same time and second,I’ve accomplished so much over the summer that it’s hard to truncate everything into one amazing story!

In my last post I mentioned that I was taking it back to New York and I literally have done just that by spending as much time physically in the City as possible.
I traveled a lot of miles on foot just to meet some people I wanted to meet for the for last thirty years for the first time. And,I am proud to say that I have met almost all of them with only a few exceptions.
When it comes to locations that I wanted to visit I still have a long way to go but I’m in no rush and the places are not going anywhere any time soon. But I do find it funny that although I have found the Whitney Museum and have been all around it,all I have really done is use the bathroom in the restaurant several times.

Autor: KaM©

~ 08/08/16

34TH Street Manhattan © KaM© 2016

34TH Street Manhattan © KaM© 2016

Just recently I have been able to move about more freely due to the nice hot summer weather. I’ve had a few things on my mind to check out while I had the chance and I accomplished what I could within reason.
One was to walk the Highline elevated park in Manhattan as far as I could,then find the new Whitney museum.

The second goal was to once again travel to New York City and get on the Staten Island Ferry and ride it across the bay to Staten Island and back to Manhattan.

So far I have accomplished one which is to find the Whitney Museum via the Highline and enjoy the sights & people in and around the area. It’s one of my favorite locations now in Manhattan now that I have explored it.

I even had to return to it sooner than I expected because on the day I was there I lost my iPod and miraculously someone sent me an email letting me know that they had found it.

I have always been sort of lucky in Manhattan so this to me is an indication that I should try and make a go at it again to see how far my artwork can take me? I LOVE NEW YORK!

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©

~ 02/02/11

Time for some action!

“Do we need some assistance in establishing a well balanced “Cultural Democracy” in America? I personally feel we do but how its done is a touchy and debatable subject.Since the period of the Renaissance artist more or less belonged to a group or collective to further advance the achievement of their craft and create new aesthetics for public consumption.The same is true for seventeenth,eighteenth and nineteenth century artists a time when some of the greatest accomplishments in science & technology were achieved and adapted by modern painters who wanted to challenge the notion of what art could be and look like aesthetically,but also,comment on the culture in which they lived.

In our time (the 21st century) we still have groups of artists who belong;more or less,to movements or cliques that have become exclusive to society (culturally) but yet are highly visible on our streets,in our galleries and museums with great support from our media sources (art publications,cult magazines,film documentary) as catalyst.These artists get imprinted in our conscious minds and become famous for not being original, but mimetic; with their choice of medium and material, and literally deface public property, possible by being able to hide by the light of day and taking advantage of their race and blending in to mainstream society.

The competition hardly seems fare when you take into account that no general support is ever given to independent minority artist who used the same medium and partial methods thirty years prior and continue today to just prove their existence and dream of a better life for themselves and their families.

During the great depression a program was created called (FAP) Federal Art Project part of (WPA) Work Projects Administration who’s mission was to employ artists who were unemployed and met certain criteria and many well known artists benefited from this program and it basically was instrumental in giving the “Harlem Renaissance” its momentum and financial backbone until its restructuring due to WWII focused activities by the program.
I wonder should this program be reinstated, would we see a balance in the artistic community as far as artists being able to have successful careers and be represented in our galleries and cultural institutions, or would there be a backlash of protesters that would claim the policy to be too socialist and cry foul? “This is more than food for thought, its time for some action!

Autor: KaM©

~ 18/01/11

Image by Karey Maurice

Last year I wrote about how Andy Warhol made his contribution towards the civil rights movement by creating the “Race Riot” series of paintings. I commend his efforts because I know for a fact that he certainly wasn’t going to visit Selma,Alabama or join the march on Washington,DC for he was far too busy in New York trying to defend his own position on contemporary art.
This brings to mind just how much has changed but also, how much has remained the same in terms of how we view the state of race in this post civil rights era known as the twenty first century.
Although the country has elected an African American to represent their idelic mentality concerning a pseudo utopic society we still suffer from a condition of exclusion, and a, “not in my back yard” or ” not at my dinner table” position.
The country couldn’t be any more divided than it is now using the political titles “Republican” and “Democrate” as if it is a social code used for describing caucasian people and people of color.
As I do more research into the cultural world of fine art (1800-1900) I discover that it was never really considered that African Americans would ever produce modern art.This creates a situation that becomes problematic for most art historians because the basis of their research is grounded in european’s creating art even though they borrowed and manipulated images from around the globe from other cultures. As I stated before in a earlier post, there’s a conscious disconnect between the ancient Africans and the post slave African American in this country that does a disservice to the entire world.
My dream is to see the day when there are art exhibitions that showcase contemporary art that is produced by all nationalities exhibited together and is discussed in its proper context,time and influence.

Autor: KaM©

~ 11/09/10


Photo:Red Balloon Studio floor ©2001Karey Maurice Counts<br />

This is a story long overdue for publishing that I felt kind of nervous about because of its subject matter which you will agree when you read about this incrediable work of art that expresses a sentiment far beyond what anyone could imagine a person could create especially when it was completed before the event occured on September 11, 2001.

This is a picture of my former studio floor located in Trenton, New Jersey which was created just three weeks before the horrible destruction of the “World Trade Center Towers” which I witnessed on the television like most people did but while I was watching the horror, “I realized instantly that I had created something that would be one of the most important works of art that I could ever make and now its time to show the world that there is something pure about my version of a “so called” Memorial for the innocent lives that were lost on that tragic day.

If you look carefully you can see many references to NYC and the bullseye in the center pointing towards a one dollar bill with the millitary term “Ground Zero” leading from it.The engineering plans are from New Jersery Transits railcar update plans for trains that definatly traveled through the same tunnel as all the trains into Manhattan encluding the Path system. There are also people in this collage that appear to be floating in the air and some screaming.
What is not visable in the photo is the image of three small airplanes and somewhat of a reference directly to the buildings themselves.
For those who may be interested in how I could have come up with such a design to decorate a floor all I can say is “The messages are out there you just have to collect them and put them together at the right time.

Not only does this day simbolize the tragic events that occured that day nine years ago,it has significant importance to me personally because of the connection between the death of my mother in which inabled me to have the funds to build the studio in the first place and watching the event unfold on television with my father (also now deceased) and thinking about two childhood friends who I knew were working in or around the financial district who escaped buy running across the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn for safety.
I will now also use this day for rememberance of the Red Balloon Studio where this powerful collage once covered the floor and initially shocked those who intered the studio for the first time.It left an indelable impression in the minds of those who had the chance to visit and it is still talked about whenever this day is discussed.

Autor: KaM©

~ 16/10/09

Lately I have been attacked by something that seems to transfer itself from person to person. I could give it a name but that would seem too redundant as I continue to fight my own battles out there in the trenches of life. This is not a complaint but a message to the wise who feel as I do when your struggling to live you life as peaceful as possible.

I have developed a rather thick skin over the years to shield my heart and protect me so I can continue to follow my path to success without derailier from such forces. I composed a poem two years ago that can help anyone who feels threatened and I think it works very well for those dark days ahead.watch?v=QQ4JfLruPcc

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Autor: KaM©

~ 16/07/09

 

History 101 vs. Introduction 102

 

After reading the Introduction to the July 2009 issue of Juxtapoz to find out what the latest issue was featuring, I was deeply offended. The Editor asks the question: How does the Obama Administration change strict immigration laws to allow foreign artists to live, work and thrive in the United States of America?

Although I have nothing against legal immigration in general, I and some fellow artists find it offensive to focus on artists from other countries instead of those American artists who remain hidden despite having paved the way for this graffiti & street art movement. It seems to me that an entire group of people who have contributed tremendous amounts of creativity to American graffiti & protest art go ignored unless they are in some kind of trouble (arrested), sick on drugs, or half dead on a PBS documentary. Yet, it is the very influence and impression left behind by these unsung pioneers fueling many careers that reach stardom or the “American Dream,” as the Editor puts it.

The Editor blames the dilapidated state of education in America for this cultural over site, and suggests that the Obama Administration would best serve the community by addressing this issue. While I partially agree with that sentiment, I also believe that education goes both ways. The “Art World” – high or low – needs to take a look at itself and realize that there is an unbalanced focus in terms of value exposure & marketing when it comes to educating the public from a cultural perspective.

 

Aside from music & dance, American museums, galleries, publications, and media tend to overlook the reference source and instead promote its byproducts. Point blank, African American artists have too long been shut out of the American art market. Why look outside the United States for talent when there is a group of indigenous people who have been clamoring for recognition. Before creating any mechanism for importing foreign artists, the existing value at the root of American culture must be mined and utilized.

This letter is my personal opinion and not the subject of my artwork and should be read with that in mind. However I have touched on social political topics that become popular in the media.

Autor: admin

~ 10/09/08


Photo:Red Balloon Studio floor ©2001Karey Maurice Counts<br />
This is a story long overdue for publishing that I felt kind of nervous about because of its subject which you will agree when you read about this incrediable work of art that expresses a sentiment far beyond what anyone could imagine a person could create especially when it was completed before the event occured on September 11, 2001 exactly seven years ago tomorrow.

This is a picture of my studio floor here in Trenton New Jersey which was created just three weeks before the horrible destruction of the “World Trade Center Towers” which I witnessed on the television like most people did but while I was watching the horror, “I realized instantly that I had created something that would be one of the most important works of art that I could ever make and now its time to show the world that there is something pure about my version of a “so called” Memorial for the innocent lives that were lost on that tragic day.

If you look carefully you can see many references to NYC and the bullseye in the center pointing towards a one dollar bill with the millitary term “Ground Zero” leading from it.The engineering plans are from New Jersery Transits railcar update plans for trains that definatly traveled through the same tunnel as all the trains into Manhattan encluding the Path system. There are also people in this collage that appear to be floating in the air and some screaming.
What is not visable in the photo is the image of three small airplanes and somewhat of a reference directly to the buildings themselves.
For those who may be interested in how I could come up with such a design to decorate a floor all I can say is “The messages are out there you just have to collect them and put them together at the right time. I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT SO DON’T ASK QUESTIONS,JUST REMEMBER!!-RedSaid

Autor: admin

~ 04/09/08


Photo:Grounds For Sculpture Hamilton Nj ©Karey Maurice Counts 2008

“Just to recap a wonderful summer would take several entries on this blog that would probably seem almost nostalgic to a time of discovery when everything seemed new and fresh. And,enerything was new and fresh in places that I had once been before some time ago. I have had many great adventures these past three months despite some of the troubles I’ve had to endure but there’re nothing that would be problematic enough to deter me from living my life happy”.

I have one photo to share with you that somewhat sums up the feeling that I have going on right now as a direct result of me being very lucky to have so many friends that I rely on to sustain my exsistence. I’m not only talking about the artistic side of things in my life, I’m talking about the experiences that surround all of these events that make up a single day.
-RedSaid aka KaM©

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