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Autor: KaM©

~ 18/09/17

Kara Walker the fly on the wall. @ Sikkema Jenkins& Co. New York

I’m always curious about what drives artists and the galleries that represent their work?
This article published about Kara Walker’s latest exhibition now on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. emblazoned on the front cover of probably one of the last printed editions of the VILLAGE VOICE reminds me of another cover published in the mid 1980’s.
The cover illustration was a painting by the late Jean Michel Basquiat depicting a human skull,done in his signature oil stick & acrylic paint.
I don’t remember the complete essay written by Greg Tate but I sure remember the title: “The Flyboy in Buttermilk”
Which totally implied the fact that the art business had singled out a particular African American artist who like Kara Walker addresses the lack of inclusion and expresses an urgency to the racial injustice not only in politics but simple dollars & cents money making.

Because of a pre exhibition Press release statement published by Kara Walker which prepared the audience for an experience I had to follow suit and see this exhibition for myself.
My take on the whole show was that it was well planned out in terms of the feeling you got when you walked into the gallery space. I arrived during the last forty five minutes and it was mobbed with all kinds of people from all walks of ethnicity and economic backgrounds.
The heat you felt from the full capacity crowd in my opinion was not only from body heat but a strategic plan to turn the heat on and serve no refreshments so you felt the real South and oppressive conditions the artwork demanded. (It worked for me.)

U.S.A. Idioms ©2017 Kara Walker


I loved what I saw in terms of attendance which is really interesting if you consider what was being viewed and what would this show actually does to the consciousness of all the people who interact with the paintings.
My hope is that the success of the show will open doors for other artists and really bridge some gaps in the business of commodifying cultural expression from all walks of life.

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©

~ 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©

Autor: KaM©

~ 13/04/10

 
 
 
 
  

 

Artrendnow by Eva Wong

www.artrend-now.com

1. When did you start doing art?

A: I started professionally exhibiting my work twenty one years ago.

2. What inspired your work?

A: I met the late Keith Haring in 1987 in New York, but before that I always knew I wanted to be an artist or designer since I was fourteen years old.

3. Did you ever feel like giving up?

A: Sure, I told a friend of mine when I had created twenty five paintings a long time ago that if I didn’t become famous after that I would stop. I have over 200 or so works of art now.

4. Any upcoming exhibitions?

A: Not really, I’m waiting to here from Toy2r to be included in their Qee World Tour with one of my designs I usually have an annual solo show around September in Philadelphia at Smile Gallery nothing confirmed.

5. What is the best thing about being an artist?

A: I guess it would be being able to think about something and make it a reality so others can see what is on your mind it is the best way to communicate for me.

6. What would you call your style?

A: “Afro Pop” or “Pop Noir” because I’m African American but it’s really Race less art, I like to hide my ethnicity so you cannot tell who made the art..