April 13th, 2007
It's Friday the 13th, and I find myself at the Strychnin Gallery, Berlin for the opening of Kris Kuksi's exhibition. I've exchanged a few emails with Kris before, but have never met him personally. I was looking for his distinctive shaven head, but he had it secured under his big black Texan hat.
When I had arrived the last of his six sculptures had already sold, and this was only an hour after opening. Needless to say Kris was very pleased, not only for the sales, but that he could also relax more for the evening. Openings are always demanding on an artist. So it was much later that I had him sign his page in Metamorphosis.
Anja arrived later and we had the chance to meet an interesting collection of people, both local and international. Among them was Jody Polishchuk, a Canadian curator and friend of Kris's.
I was also surprised to learn that Strychnin Gallery would be taking Kris and their other artists to Cologne for one of the art fairs the following week. The reason I was suprised, and rather pleased, is that these events are usually dominated by so called "modern contemporary" art. I look forward to finding out how they fared.
Jon Beinart has written an article about Kris on beinArt.org.
April 10th, 2007
I attended the opening of the annual Art of Imagination exhibition at Mall Galleries. There I met again one very tired Brigid Marlin, just recently back (and jet lagged) from a show in New York. I had her and Laurie Lipton both sign their pages in Metamorphosis.
I also met Ukrainian sculptor Igor Grechanyk who was also exhibiting his work at the show. I had already seen his work in Rardy van Soest's extensive collection, and was very impressed with it, so it was a pleasure to meet the man in person. However communication was somewhat limited owing to language differences.
I found it amusing that he was there with his copy of Dreamscape and I with my copy of Metamorphosis, both eagerly showing the book to whoever we could. These occasions don't happen so often, so you have to make the most of them.
April 6th, 2007
The day has arrived that I finally received my copy of Metamorphosis! I’m so happy I have my copy.
To have the so many Fantastic and Visionary artists in one book is stunning. Metamorphosis shows us how wide and varied the visions are of the artists working in this vein of art. It is truely inspirational to see so many wonderful artists creating works of such quality and power.
Jon Beinart has done a superb job on the book. It looks every bit professional. I’ve spoken to a number of the other artists included in the book and they are all just as equally excited.
More detailed information about the book can be found on the website I built, beinArt.org.
Metamorphosis has emerged from its chrysalis in the form of a Hard Cover Art Book with a Dust Jacket, 112 A4 gloss pages, with 122 High res plates. The book features a number of well known artists such as Alex Grey, Chet Zar, Andrew Gonzalez, and Ernst Fuchs.
The best part is, I’m among them! The image to the right shows my pages in the book.
“Metamophosis” is now on sale from beinArt.org.