Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TRIPPING FUCKING BALLS: I Like Alex Grey

Drink the Kool-Aid.

Speaking of "guilty pleasures": Man, I really dig psychedelic hippie art. Alot.
I mean yeah, I live like 5 blocks away from the intersection of Haight and Ashbury, so I've seen hippie art at its very worst. And I mean its VERY WORST. But I'm super down with the acid/mescaline/ayahuasca galactic-vision quest type shit, silly connotations be damned.
I dunno how I managed to remain ignorant of the name "Alex Grey" for so long, but somehow I did. I've admired the man's art from afar for quite awhile now, never having a name to put with his work until earlier today, via a happy email accident involving IllCon uber-Bro Farron Loathing. But now I know.
Thank you, Mr. Loathing. I love this shit.

Wikipedia: "Grey was born Alex Velzy in Columbus, Ohio on November 29, 1953, the middle child of a middle-class couple. His father was a graphic designer and encouraged his son's drawing ability. Young Alex would collect insects and dead animals from the suburban neighborhood and bury them in the back yard. The themes of death and transcendence weave throughout his artworks, from the earliest drawings to later performances, paintings and sculpture. He went to the Columbus College of Art and Design for two years (1971–73), then dropped out and painted billboards in Ohio for a year (1973–74). Grey then attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for one year, to study with the conceptual artist, Jay Jaroslav."










"At the Boston Museum School he met his wife, the artist Allyson Rymland Grey. During this period he had a series of entheogenically induced mystical experiences that transformed his agnostic existentialism to a radical transcendentalism. The Grey couple would trip together on LSD. Alex then spent five years at Harvard Medical School working in the Anatomy department studying the body and preparing cadavers for dissection. He also worked at Harvard's department of Mind/Body Medicine with Dr. Herbert Benson and Dr. Joan Borysenko, conducting scientific experiments to investigate subtle healing energies. Alex's anatomical training prepared him for painting the Sacred Mirrors (explained below) and for doing medical illustration. When doctors saw his Sacred Mirrors, they asked him to do illustration work. Grey was an instructor in Artistic Anatomy and Figure Sculpture for ten years at New York University, and now teaches courses in Visionary Art with Allyson at The Open Center in New York City; Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado; the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York."










"In 1972 Grey began a series of art actions that bear resemblance to rites of passage, in that they present stages of a developing psyche. The approximately fifty performance rites, conducted over the last thirty years, move through transformations from an egocentric to more sociocentric and increasingly worldcentric and theocentric identity. The most recent performance was WorldSpirit, a spoken word and musical collaboration with Kenji Williams which was released in 2004 as a DVD."










"Grey's unique series of 21 life-sized paintings, the Sacred Mirrors (on display at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, NY), takes the viewer on a journey toward their own divine nature by examining, in detail, the body, mind, and spirit. The Sacred Mirrors present the physical and subtle anatomy of an individual in the context of cosmic, biological and technological evolution. Begun in 1979, the series took a period of ten years to complete. It was during this period that he developed his depictions of the human body that "x-ray" the multiple layers of reality, and reveal the interplay of anatomical and spiritual forces. After painting the Sacred Mirrors, he applied this multidimensional perspective to such archetypal human experiences as praying, meditation, kissing, copulating, pregnancy, birth, nursing and dying. Grey’s recent work has explored the subject of consciousness from the perspective of "universal beings" whose bodies are grids of fire, eyes and infinite galactic swirls."

10 comments:

The Thing That Should Not Be said...

Again, nuthin' to feel guilty about. I mean, Alex Grey is HARDLY the same as some dirt-worshippin' hackey-sack totin' Deadhead hopped up on tie-dye and magic Kool-Aid.

bloodler said...

hell yeah, this guy is awesome

Shelby Cobras said...

... And patchouli.

NEVER forget the fucking patchouli.

Some days I can smell it all the way from my apartment....

bloodler said...

you know ive been giving this guys work more and more thought, and im really seeing the concept more clearly, his art is describing energies and influences that are unseen by the eye but rather felt, this guy is way ahead of 99% of people(not including the genius illcon fan base of course)..... hes fuckin in touch with himself.............lol

Aylmer said...

I love Grey. Years ago I was lucky enough to see two of his works hung here in Sydney. The canvases were HUGE and so detailed. Amazing. Someone at the exhibition told me that he prices his paintings at inflated prices (at the time around $50,000) so as not to sell. I've got a really nice softcover coffee table book of his too. It's cheap and easy to find.

The Thing That Should Not Be said...

I can believe he hikes the price up so people balk at it, my friend Anne has done the same thing when she really wanted to hang onto a piece.

Bloodler, you are BANG ON about the concept behind his work.

Dont'cha feel like throwing his stuff at most Tool 'fans' is just pearls before swine though?

The Vicar of VHS said...

You're absolutely right--this shit is amazing. Thanks for showcasing it--I'd never have heard of Grey otherwise!

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SEANFORD said...

farron continues to lead the league in assists

Shelby Cobras said...

Seanford continues to lead the league in ASSTITS.

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