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Autor: KaM©

~ 17/06/17

Homage to Jean Michel BASQUIAT. By Karey Maurice aka KaM© 2017

I wanted to initially write an artsy article relating to this years Whitney Biennial and it’s controversial subject surrounding the ‘Black Lives Matter’ theme. But I allowed time to pass and see if there would be any action after outrage over the whole thing?

I basically choose to start creating something based on what I read because I knew I would not be able to see the exhibition in person. It was a just a jump off point then the auction happened and I kept getting tagged on my #Facebook page about the record sale of my contemporary artist doppelgänger #JeanMichelBasquiat who he and my friend #KeithHaring continue to either inspire or haunt me at times because of the close relationships.I guess #BlackLivesMatter has been proven or at least the auction sale readdresses the question of representation and value?

Autor: KaM©

~ 07/05/17

Just three days ago was the artist Keith Haring’s (59th) Birthday.
My blog post is to simply keep his memory fresh and alive! Many people have claimed to be influenced by him and many more have benefited from making such claims while they in broad daylight paint their version of ‘Street Art’ for the world to see.

That’s cool if you can get away with it and not get arrested.
Even Keith knew the job at hand was a risk so he made sure to have someone with him photographer Tseng Kwon Chi to document just about all of his activities and use the (one) arrest as a marketing tool to finally be Identified as the chalk using graffiti artist whose humanoid figures touched everyone who encountered them.

Keith Haring + KaM© customized Smurf character.

Autor: KaM©

~ 19/04/17

As the great Tupac Shakur once sang “I get around” even though it takes a great deal of effort. It just so happens that there was a break in the weather and it reached nearly 75 degrees on this day in early April.
I contacted my amazing personal stylist friend the “Do-Over Specialist” Victoria to accompany me to this somewhat controversial exhibition held on the 69th floor of one the World Trade Center buildings. The host of the evening was (WTG)World Trade Gallery est.1981 who curated the show selecting a grouping of artists who have an association with ‘Street Art’ which is no longer called ‘Graffiti’if you technically don’t use your tag in your paintings or reference Hanna Barbara characters.
Regardless of the reason the art was selected and the artists chosen I had a fantastic time just taking in the view from high above the city.
It was a night that only these photos do a small courtesy.

Artists KaM© And Do-Over Specialist Victoria Watznauer @4 World Trade Center New York.


‘Art Party’ on the 69th floor.
Photo: credit ©photoVW2017


Opening at 4 World Trade Center. Photo: photoVW©2017

Autor: KaM©

~ 04/12/16

Dunny by KaM© "Life Is Something Special" album cover by ©1981 Estate of Keith Haring

Dunny by KaM© “Life Is Something Special” album cover by ©1981 Estate of Keith Haring

Almost perfect timing with the “World Aids Day” recognition December 1st. of every year.
I have had an interesting journey to get to where I sit and write today.
There are snippets of the story along with detailed accounts of everything thats missing in this fantastic article written by Susan Van Dongen who came by the studio last May for the Interview.

I must give her a lot of respect for allowing me to get it out there for the world to read.
Check it out!
http://mercerspace.com/2016/05/01/karey-maurice-counts-artfully-mixing-scenes-towns-and-time/

Autor: KaM©

~ 18/10/15

We have closed down our online store only to reinvent ourselves as a leader in wearable ‘art’ that is very sexy and eye catching. The rest is up to your imagination as to how your going to pair up my leggings with your favorite sweater or leather jacket to keep it retro 80’s if your craving for that sort of street smart swagger. All you have to do is visit my link [Society6] to the left of the front page and get yourself an exclusive product designed by KaM©.

U-Watch leggings by KaM©.

U-Watch leggings by KaM©.

U-Watch leggings by KaM©.

U-Watch leggings by KaM©.

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.

Artist Karey Maurice enjoying the Schorr Collection @Princeton Art Museum.

Artist Karey Maurice enjoying the Schorr Collection @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©

~ 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©

~ 28/11/14

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©

~ 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.

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