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CoSM the Movie - Alex Grey and the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
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Its really impressive listening to him speak about these paintings. When you see his artwork, you can't help but realize that he's not just an incredibly intelligent and scientifically knowledgeable person, but he's also intensely spiritual. Then, to hear him SPEAK as clearly and deeply as he paints, you realize that you're dealing with someone who has inherited, and is passing on, a sum total of knowledge and wisdom the likes of which has been impossible up until now.
No other artist is able to convey so many different but related themes so densely in his work and words.
The internal architecture of the human skeleton, viscera, blood vessels, nerves, the subtle energetic system of the body--all are fodder for the trippy visions of artist Alex Grey. "My life is committed to making artwork that wakes people up to the miracle of Life", the artist once said, and a group a friends and supporters sought to make a sacred space of contemplation dedicated to the Sacred Mirrors series and Grey's other works--the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM).
Although Grey felt a natural setting to be the ideal location of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM resides in NYC where life-sized and super-sized portraits and sculptures convey Grey's unique perspective on consciousness and the web of life.
A documentary set inside the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, the CoSM DVD gives viewers a tour of the "multi-dimensional perspective painted visions of common human experiences" such as birth, death, kissing, copulating, and praying. Sculptures such as World Soul--a bronze sculpture depicting a multi-faced winged guardian atop a globe--are also included in the DVD.
The soft-spoken Grey barely touches on media and method, rather addressing the larger spiritual and socio-political themes represented in his work. It would seem that hallucinogenic drugs have inspired a large portion of his work. For example, he says that a "high-dose LSD experience" inspired Theologue--a painting where Grey attempted to capture the essence of how humanity creates this elaborate illusion known as "reality".
Indeed, Grey credits his wife, Allyson, with inspiring the Sacred Mirror series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
enjoyed seeing more of greys work in his studio, have enjoyed his books since 90,s, thanks.Published 17 months ago by donna j. simmons
Film was poorly done. Colors did not come out right on viewing. Lighting was not done to highlight art works. Obviously a low budget job ... don't recommend buying it.Published on February 11, 2014 by blue firestar agate
I was recently given a recommendation to take a look at Alex Grey's book and found this movie of The Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Joan C
Such a huge fan of Alex Grey & I loved the movie. His art is so intricate it amazes me everytime I see anything of his. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Amethyst Daisies
Great artist, good documentary. Lots of shots from different angles on all the artwork- with narration from Alex, explaining the story and/or message behind each one.Published on May 16, 2010 by D. Carter