I was trying to paint a picture today, but seems the color i was using was just a pigment of my imagination...

 

I don’t know what it is in enlightenment or the illusion of enlightenment that makes people seem so despicable and smack-on-the-head worthy, maybe it is just me. Probably not.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
 
 

Alex Grey - The Ethereal

I am quite sure if I ever met Alex Grey I would feel a wave of emotions go over me. Around ten percent would be of admiration for his work and ninety percent  the strong uncontrollable urge to smack him over the head with a telephone directory just to get that stoic holy smug expression of his face.

I don’t know what it is in enlightenment or the illusion of enlightenment that makes people seem so despicable and smack-on-the-head worthy, maybe it is just me. Probably not.

 
The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness. "
With all that said, I must admit that I do not doubt for a second Alex grey's enlightenment or at least the long and structured spiritual journey  he passed, and that we are lucky to have the visual testimony of.
 

I acknowledge the privilage of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.”

 
Grey's work is the closest thing we have today to  holy art. The art that filled temples and wall carvings, the art that glowed from hand printed manuscripts, the art all of our cultures owe the debt of our current visual word to. And he does it pretty well.
 
There is something eerie about grey's work, something unsettling. I think it is because of the connotations with scientific drawings and simulations. He shows us something that is spiritual in nature but in an almost cold analytical way. Like a drawing from spirituality 101 text book.
 

It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation."

 
Another thing I have to admire about grey's work is the dedication, the discipline and the sheer talent. Like a monk slowly painting with colored sand on a vast temple floor in Tibet or Nepal, grey's work has a deliberate motive. A n intentional structure. A ritualistic way of conveying the visual concept. And this added value might just save him from that slap over the head, might earn him the right to that new age smug.
Btw the new age downfall is the only thing that prevent me from really believing grey is a pictorial artistic messenger and that the universe is guiding his brush.  By using symbolism from older religions which are so in trend now, like the pagan style pre-pharone Egyptian religion, he shot himself in the leg. At least in my book. If you are creating from the energy of the cosmos, don’t put a beetle that doesn’t even exist in your part of the world, just because it symbolized something to someone fifteen thousand years ago…
So ok, he isn’t the brush of god, or Gaya, or the universe. Still. Amazing work. Really.

And he did take all this talent and hard work, and created a couple of beautiful "temples" using his symbols and his geometric visual style  

if I ever start a new religion? Would definitely hire him to do my crib…