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ART / SPIRITUALITY

“. . . possibly the most significant artist alive. Alex’s work, like all great transcendental art, is not merely symbolic or imaginary: it is a direct invitation to recognize and realize a deeper dimension of our very own being.”

--Ken Wilber, author of Integral Life Practice; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; and A Brief History of Everything

“Inspired by Allyson Grey, every single image that flows into vivid being from Alex’s magical hand awakens, energizes, enlightens, and overjoys! The Net of Being is an ageless, yet now, glimpse of the Jewel Net of Indra, the divine Buddhist image for the mutual interpenetration of all beings and things, from the subatomic to the trans-galactic. It takes your breath away, in the best way possible!”

--Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, cofounder of Tibet House US, and author of Inner Revolution

“Alex Grey’s artworks bring together the tangible outer worlds investigated by scientists--full of molecules, bodies, and stars--and the intangible visionary inner worlds--full of light, shadow and spiritual beings--known mainly to mystics.”

--Albert Hofmann, inventor of LSD and author of LSD: My Problem Child

Revealing the interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit that illuminate the core of each being, Alex Grey’s mystic paintings articulate the realms of consciousness encountered during visits to entheogenic heaven worlds. His painting Net of Being--inspired by a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey--has reached millions as the cover and interior of the band TOOL’s Grammy award-winning triple-platinum album, 10,000 Days. Net of Being is one of many images Grey has created that have resulted in a chain reaction of uses--from apparel and jewelry to tattoos and music videos--embedding these iconic works into our culture’s living Net of Being.

The book explores how the mystical experience expressed in Alex Grey’s work opens a new understanding of our shared consciousness and unveils the deep influence art can have on cultural evolution. The narrative progresses through a successive expansion of identity--from the self, to self and beloved, to self and community, world spirit, and cosmic consciousness, where bodies are transparent to galactic energies. Presenting over 200 images, including many never-before-reproduced paintings as well as masterworks such as St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolution and Godself, the book also documents performance art, live-painting on stage throughout the world, and the “social sculpture” called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, which Grey cofounded with his wife and creative collaborator, artist Allyson Grey.

ALEX GREY is the author of Sacred Mirrors, Transfigurations, The Mission of Art, and Art Psalms. His work has graced numerous album covers including those of Nirvana, TOOL, and the Beastie Boys; appeared in Newsweek and TIME magazine; and been exhibited throughout the world. In 2004, Alex and his wife, artist Allyson Grey, opened the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) in New York City, a gallery and sacred space for Alex’s original paintings and other visionary artworks. In 2009, CoSM, now a church, moved from Manhattan to the Hudson Valley. Alex Grey and Allyson Grey live in Brooklyn and Wappinger, New York.

Synopsis:

How Alex Greyandrsquo;s visionary art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Includes over 200 reproductions of Greyandrsquo;s artwork andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Contains spectacular photos of Greyandrsquo;s collaboration with the cult band TOOL plus his worldwide live-painting performances andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Offers Greyandrsquo;s reflections on how art evolves consciousness with a new symbology of the Networked Self andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Winner of the 2013 Nautilus Silver Book Award in Photography and Art andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Revealing the interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit that illuminate the core of each being, Alex Greyandrsquo;s mystic paintings articulate the realms of consciousness encountered during visits to entheogenic heaven worlds. His painting andlt;Iandgt;Net of Beingandlt;/Iandgt;--inspired by a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey--has reached millions as the cover and interior of the band TOOLandrsquo;s Grammy awardandndash;winning triple-platinum album, andlt;Iandgt;10,000 Daysandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;Iandgt;Net of Beingandlt;/Iandgt; is one of many images Grey has created that have resulted in a chain reaction of uses--from apparel and jewelry to tattoos and music videos--embedding these iconic works into our cultureandrsquo;s living Net of Being. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The book explores how the mystical experience expressed in Alex Greyandrsquo;s work opens a new understanding of our shared consciousness and unveils the deep influence art can have on cultural evolution. The narrative progresses through a successive expansion of identity--from the self, to self and beloved, to self and community, world spirit, and cosmic consciousness, where bodies are transparent to galactic energies. Presenting over 200 images, including many never-before-reproduced paintings as well as masterworks such as andlt;Iandgt;St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolutionandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Godselfandlt;/Iandgt;, the book also documents performance art, live-painting on stage throughout the world, and the andldquo;social sculptureandrdquo; called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, that Grey cofounded with his wife and creative collaborator, artist Allyson Grey.

About the Author

Alex Grey is the author of andlt;Iandgt;Sacred Mirrorsandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Mission of Artandlt;/Iandgt;. His work has graced the album covers of Nirvana and the Beastie Boys, has appeared in andlt;Iandgt;Newsweekandlt;/Iandgt;, and has been exhibited around the world, including the New Museum and Stux Gallery in New York City, the Grand Palais in Paris, and the ARK exhibition space in Tokyo. In 1999 the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego honored Grey with a mid-career retrospective. He lives in New York with his wife, artist Allyson Grey, and their daughter, actress Zena Grey.Allyson Grey is an accomplished visionary artist with aandnbsp;Master of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University. She has taught art at Tufts University, the Boston Museum School, and Omega Institute. In 2004, Allyson and her husband, artist Alex Grey, opened the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) in New York City, a gallery and sacred space for Alexandrsquo;s original paintings and other visionary artworks. In 2009, CoSM, now a church, moved from Manhattan to the Hudson Valley. Allyson Grey lives in Brooklyn and Wappinger, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface

Nihilist to Mystic

Finding the One

Worldspirit

Cosmic Creativity

Net of Being

COSM

Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

Acknowledgments 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594773846
Author:
Grey, Alex
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Author:
Grey, Allyson
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
ART;ART/SPIRITUALITY;SPIRITUALITY;VISIONS;ARTWORK;CULTURAL EVOLUTION;VISIONARY ART
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color throughout
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
13.5 x 10.5 x 0.8 in 70.245 oz

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Religion » Western Religions » Mysticism

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Product details 208 pages Inner Traditions International - English 9781594773846 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , How Alex Greyandrsquo;s visionary art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Includes over 200 reproductions of Greyandrsquo;s artwork andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Contains spectacular photos of Greyandrsquo;s collaboration with the cult band TOOL plus his worldwide live-painting performances andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Offers Greyandrsquo;s reflections on how art evolves consciousness with a new symbology of the Networked Self andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Winner of the 2013 Nautilus Silver Book Award in Photography and Art andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Revealing the interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit that illuminate the core of each being, Alex Greyandrsquo;s mystic paintings articulate the realms of consciousness encountered during visits to entheogenic heaven worlds. His painting andlt;Iandgt;Net of Beingandlt;/Iandgt;--inspired by a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey--has reached millions as the cover and interior of the band TOOLandrsquo;s Grammy awardandndash;winning triple-platinum album, andlt;Iandgt;10,000 Daysandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;Iandgt;Net of Beingandlt;/Iandgt; is one of many images Grey has created that have resulted in a chain reaction of uses--from apparel and jewelry to tattoos and music videos--embedding these iconic works into our cultureandrsquo;s living Net of Being. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The book explores how the mystical experience expressed in Alex Greyandrsquo;s work opens a new understanding of our shared consciousness and unveils the deep influence art can have on cultural evolution. The narrative progresses through a successive expansion of identity--from the self, to self and beloved, to self and community, world spirit, and cosmic consciousness, where bodies are transparent to galactic energies. Presenting over 200 images, including many never-before-reproduced paintings as well as masterworks such as andlt;Iandgt;St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolutionandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Godselfandlt;/Iandgt;, the book also documents performance art, live-painting on stage throughout the world, and the andldquo;social sculptureandrdquo; called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, that Grey cofounded with his wife and creative collaborator, artist Allyson Grey.
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