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Autor: KaM©

~ 28/06/17

DoOver Specialist Vikki Watt and artist Karey Maurice @ Opera Gallery NYC.


While strolling to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Breuer building location formerly known as the Whitney Museum on Madison Avenue several months ago. I walked passed an art gallery that was displaying an early Keith Haring painting that caught my attention.
I thought to myself maybe? Maybe I could walk in and talk to someone there about my personal connection with Keith and hope for the best?
Well three months later I got an invitation to a fantastic opening reception for the artist exhibition of Bernard Buffett paintings. So I call up my partner in crime Vikki Watt and we go to explore the amazing collection this gallery has to offer.
To my surprise they rotate there artists and mix the exhibitions by peppering in a few highlights. For example this Keith Haring painting behind us is a good example of the diverse collection Opera Gallery has in their inventory because we were actually there for a Botero and Sequi exhibition that was just breathtaking.
I wish I could have signed a purchase order the minute I saw a couple of pieces on display.

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 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©

~ 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©

~ 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©

~ 05/04/16

I am pleased to announce that my work is now represented by Gallery353 a new contemporary art gallery in Princeton New Jersey. All I can say at this point in my career is that “It’s a long road and, there’s no turning back.”
People have already asked me ‘how’ did this happen and my answer is: I just made a phone call once I read an article about the gallery owner Mr.Patrick Ryan who’s family once owned a dairy farm in Ewing Township,New Jersey where I grew up a very long time ago. I made an appointment and showed him my latest artwork and he was very excited to see these paintings.
But more important than the artwork he understood where I was coming from literally and artistically once he heard my story about being one of the missing ‘links’ to the 1980’s Downtown art scene. It also didn’t hurt to have two photographs of the lost photo shoot I did with photographer Tseng Kwon Chi & Keith Haring I was looking for for about thirty years!

What I’m really amazed about is that the gallery couldn’t be in a more Ideal place for me in terms of location to my studio which is about .75 miles down the street. This makes transporting work from one place to another a snap with the proper assistance helping me. I couldn’t have planned this situation for myself if I were my own genie from an imaginary bottle!!

"You + ME = Gallery353

“You + ME = Gallery353

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©

~ 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©

~ 17/04/14

Unofficial cover art ©2013 Red Balloon Studio for 'Masterpiece' house track.

Unofficial cover art ©2013 Red Balloon Studio for ‘Masterpiece’ house track.

The link to song:Masterpiece

A brand new medium 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 [his words] “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 most of which have remained experiments and out of the public eye.
Thirty years ago I wrote a poem describing an imaginary woman after breaking up with a girlfriend and put it away and out of my mind.

As a result of simply getting in the habit of writing things down in note books (instead of trying to remember off hand) I now have created a song out of this poem with the help of my cousin Scott R. Trent (singer & music arrangement) and “DJ Ed Gusto” Green (producer) 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 which is very well documented in the last blog article and, countless others with real flyers of party events.
I’ve also kept old membership cards complete with some great stories attached on this website.
But due to my back injury I can no longer dance. So I can’t dance to my own song but I would love to here it in a disco and witness other people enjoy it! “you can’t beat that with a bat!”

Enjoy the music while you travel on your own journey!! -KaM©

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