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Has your Psychedelic Soul ever felt validated by Visionary Art?

By on April 29, 2016

When people journey deeply inward with psychedelics, they encounter a realm of spiritual light and beauty so fantastic that they are profoundly moved and positively changed. Psilocybin studies performed with the highest standards of scientific rigor reveal that 65% of those having a positive mindset in a safe setting, will have a mystical experience, a transcendence of space-time and union with boundless spirit. If one is able to have a mystical visionary experience with psychedelics, there are tremendous healing benefits for the mind, including the potential overcoming of grief, PTSD, addiction, and the powerful discovery of one’s purpose in life.

Most of the millions of psychedelic experiences that happen every year around the globe, occur outside of a controlled medical scientific experiment. Many people, having seen such extraordinary and disturbing things inside themselves, may feel stunned and a bit isolated, because the altered states are so out-of-control and impossible to communicate. I believe that one of the chief functions of visionary art is the validation of psychedelic souls. When people see that artists have depicted similar visionary dimensions, they breathe a little easier and realize, “Oh, they saw that too! I am not crazy after-all. We are connected or similar on the inside.”

Unlike any other time in history, there are now many artists from around the world dedicated to skillfully portraying their highest psychedelic visionary states of consciousness through painting, sculpture, and digital media. There is an international visionary art movement that deserves a unique sacred space.

Most of us who are contributing money toward the psychedelic movement are helping advance the medical scientific psychiatric and decriminalization efforts. These are areas of great importance so that the truth about psychedelics can be known and their healing power re-integrated with our society.

Spiritual wisdom transmitted by the psychedelic state is often visual. Science cannot point a camera into our mental flow. Only the visionary artists have begun to translate life-changing theophanies into iconography.

When society is ready to see the higher vision of a cosmic order revealed through sacramental spirituality, this truth will begin to outshine materialism, fundamentalism and nihilist nightmares that bedevil our world.

The great visionary artist William Blake called our mystic dimension the Divine Imagination. Blake also said, “All Religions are One.” These are healing prayers in a world at war. The creative force is spirit in our hands, waging peace, painting by painting.

Entheon means a place to discover the Creator within. Entheon, Sanctuary of Visionary Art at CoSM will honor and preserve visionary artworks that point to our common transcendental source. Join us in this historic quest by independent artists to build a new sacred space.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters and artist friends who have helped CoSM over the years to manifest this collective vision.

www.buildentheon.com

 

Duncan Trussell podcast with Alex Grey & Allyson Grey

By on April 27, 2016

Hear Duncan Trussell talk all things Entheon & beyond in his podcast with Alex Grey & Allyson Grey, recorded in CoSM’s studio: http://duncantrussell.com/alex-and-allyson-grey-2/

Entheon Rising – Building a Visionary Art Sanctuary with Alex Grey & Allyson Grey

By on April 19, 2016

 

A striking new cultural space is taking shape in New York’s Hudson Valley. Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, co-founders of CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to build Entheon, sanctuary of visionary art, to ask for support to complete the build. Entheon will offer a three-story, 12,000 square foot exhibition of the finest original artwork of the Visionary Art movement, where precious paintings, drawings, sculpture and moving image resonate with the highest states of consciousness. A room with cathedralesque latticework ceilings and archangels will display the Grey’s acclaimed Sacred Mirrors series.

Entheon has been under construction since Autumn 2014. The walls are up, the roof is on, and the interior spaces are framed and insulated. A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow CoSM to complete the interior exhibition spaces, and initiate the unique sculptural countenance of Entheon. Entheon is targeted to open in late 2017.

Academy Award winning Disney 3D sculptor, Ryan Tottle [Frozen & Zootopia] collaborated for two years to transform Alex’s drawings into the 3D model that will be printed out, cast in concrete and form the countenance of Entheon.

First Floor of Entheon

The Entheon Portal will feature Alex’s bronze sculptural relief, Creating a Better World, doors depicting Adam and Eve as artists returning to the Garden, painting a new world and harvesting the Tree of Wisdom.

Enter MAGI Gallery, exhibiting original artwork by leading masters of the International Visionary Art Movement. Entering Entheon, each visitor may spin the World Prayer Wheel. The Entheon Museum Shop will offer affordable originals, limited editions, books and posters of the genre. For this campaign, 27 of the world’s finest Visionary Artists have accepted the invitation to join CoSM by offering their work to help raise funds. The Visionary painter, Amanda Sage, who is also a board member of CoSM, has helped organize this gift to the Entheon Campaign.

A shrine in Entheon will be dedicated to Alex’s artistic collaboration with Grammy Award winning band, Tool. The Psychedelic Reliquary will host treasured artifacts and ephemera, including the spectacles of Dr. Albert Hofmann and the ashes of Timothy Leary. A bust of Visionary artist William Blake on an altarpiece will accompany an account of the history of visionary art.

Second Floor of Entheon

Enter the Chaos, Order and Secret Writing world of Allyson Grey. Through devotionally labor intensive paintings and ink drawings, her Mystic Abstractions point to the fabric of spectral light at the foundations of consciousness.

allyson-grey-chaos-order-and-secret-writingAllyson Grey’s “Chaos, Order, and Secret Writing”

Alex Grey’s original paintings Kissing, Copulating, Pregnancy, Birth, Nursing will be exhibited on one long wall. Displayed on the second floor will be relics and rarely seen early footage of the Grey’s provocative performance art rituals that led to the creation of Entheon. Also on view will be Gaia, one of Alex’s most beloved monumental paintings, a prophetic work visually articulating the plight of our environment. Painted in 1989, Gaia portrays the Twin Towers with two airplanes headed toward them.

Third Floor of Entheon

“The mission of art is to make the soul perceptible.”
– Alex Grey

Many of Grey’s most transcendental masterworks including, Theologue, a fifteen foot long ethereal landscape with meditating figure, and Net of Being featured on the album of Grammy award winning band TOOL, along with Allyson Grey’s Jewel Net of Indra will line the walls of the Great Hall, meeting place for community gatherings.

Enter the brick archway into the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Reflect on 21 stages of the self, transforming from the physical body into pure infinite love energy and discover the creator within.

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Sculptural Countenance of Entheon

Entheon, April 2016

Entheon, sculptural exterior, artists concept

If the Entheon Kickstarter campaign raises over $200,000, CoSM will begin the concrete sculptures surrounding Entheon. Ornamental concrete specialists in the Hudson Valley just 30 minutes from CoSM will create giant 3D print-outs of the sculptural features of Entheon. From those print-outs, molds will be made to cast the elements, the faces, the angels, dragons, steeplehead and soulbird guardians in super-strong fiberglass reinforced concrete with a surface of crushed crystal aggregate.

It will take many unique molds to realize all of Entheon’s exterior features. The engineering to attach the sculptures to three stories of brick, steel and concrete will cost $65,000. To complete the sculptural exterior will be $1.5 million.

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Emerging from the Angels of the Four Directions, DNA Dragons of Consciousness Evolution, ascend to the Steeple Head, the One.

The Steeplehead of Entheon suggests the people of four directions coming together in visionary oneness, a pinnacle of Sacred Unity where humanity meets divinity.

allyson-greys-secret-writingSecret writing represents the language of creative expression. Allyson Grey’s Secret Writing forms a band between the roof and faces. Comprised of twenty unpronounceable letters, this original alphabet corresponds to the nameless presence existent in all sacred writing, the spirit imbedded in communication that cannot be reduced to concepts.

What is CoSM?

The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, is an oasis for cultural and spiritual renewal in the Hudson Valley of New York. A trans-denominational church, celebrates and practices creativity as a spiritual path. Alex Grey’s art portrays the individual as a Sacred Mirror reflecting not only what we are now, but what we can become when our greatest potential of wisdom and compassion is activated. A permanent collection of original paintings and sculpture by Alex Grey are prized within the CoSM collection of art. The finest original work of the Visionary Art Movement will be on display at Entheon, CoSM’s sanctuary of Visionary Art.

A Brief History of CoSM

 


Alex Grey and Allyson Grey met in art school, married and have been partners sharing a studio for forty years. Alex Grey’s first monograph “Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey, portrays his Sacred Mirrors series of 21 paintings and two etched mirrors, inspired and named by Allyson, depicting the body, mind and spirit of an individual.

Life Energy by Alex Grey, 1978

Together the Grey’s sculpted the 21 ten and a half foot frames that offer the series a transformational context.

In 1996, the Grey’s co-founded Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a radically welcoming spiritual/cultural center celebrating creativity as a spiritual path. CoSM events began in the Grey’s loft in Brooklyn, 2004, and soon moved to a rented Manhattan loft where Full Moon Gatherings became the context to build a Chapel for the Sacred Mirrors and the well-loved CoSM collection.

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After five years in the Chelsea gallery district, CoSM moved to a retreat center 65 miles up the Hudson to build an enduring sacred space.

Previous Kickstarter Success

In 2013, thanks to the outstanding support of 1,510 backers, the first Entheon Kickstarter Campaign shot the project forward to fund architectural and engineering plans. With those funds, the bank came through with a construction loan and the build was initiated.

From 2014 to now Entheon has proceeded from foundation, three stories high with a roof.

Thanks to an electronic network of supportive friends, CoSM connects with a worldwide “Love Tribe,” encouraging friends to check out the unique and exclusive rewards of art and spirit, altar objects and gorgeous imagery that is being made available for this Kickstarter Campaign.

The current Entheon Kickstarter campaign will run for 40 days from April 19 – May 31 (the anniversary of the Grey’s first date in 1975). The historic project champions independent artists, through right effort, realizing a lifelong vision to build original sacred architecture. CoSM invites the creative visionary community to build Entheon together.

What People Say About the Art of Alex Grey and Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

“The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors will bring you face to face with your soul and move you to a new level of enlightenment.” –Deepak Chopra, best selling author and spiritual leader

“Grey’s vision of a flawed but perfectible mankind stands as an antidote to the cynicism and spiritual malaise prevalent in much contemporary art.” — New York Times

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 Hoffman, Chemist, Nobel Prize Committee

“Alex Grey is seeing through my eyes.”
 –Timothy Leary, professor and leader of the word-wide “Love Tribe”

O swiftly spinning 21st century Human! We’ve already missed out on Rumi, Blake, Swedenborg and Gibran, but we’ve been sent a comforter for our time flowering from the same vine.
His name is Alex Grey.
–Rebecca Hoffberger, Founding Director, American Visionary Art Museum

Alex Grey’s Sacred Mirrors, like all great transcendental art, are not merely symbolic or imaginary; they are a direct invitation to recognize and realize a deeper dimension of our very own being.
— Ken Wilber, Philosopher and Author

Alex Grey is one of the great art mystics of our time. The works are truly stunning – luminous and bizarre, grandly conceived and vividly colored…
— Donald Kuspit, Art critic

“Alex Grey’s art, with its New Age symbolism and medical-illustration finesse, might be described as psychedelic realism, a kind of clinical approach to cosmic consciousness. In it, the human figure is rendered transparently with X-ray or CAT-scan eyes, the way Aldous Huxley saw a leaf when he was on mescaline.”
— Holland Cotter, New York Times

The Co-founders of CoSM / ENTHEON

The mystic paintings of Alex Grey articulate realms of psychedelic visionary consciousness, revealing interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit, illuminating the anatomical core of each being. Alex’s visual meditations on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, have reached millions through his five books, the exhibition and extensive reproduction of his artwork, speaking appearances including a popular TED talk, stage sets for major rock bands, video animation, and Grammy award winning album art. http://www.alexgrey.com

Allyson Grey, MFA, is a painter, social sculptor, and Alex’s creative collaborator, life partner and studio mate since art school in 1975. Allyson’s paintings essentialize a world view of chaos, order and secret writing: the material world, the interconnected realm of energy + light and the sacred symbols of creativity. Through private consultations and her blog on art and life, “Ask Allyson,” she serves as a muse to artists worldwide. http://www.allysongrey.com

Alex Grey & Allyson Grey

Together the Grey’s co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), a spiritual retreat center for artists outside of New York City. On the forefront of a movement in which painters join musicians on stage, the Grey’s have painted together live on Broadway stages and sold-out theaters, clubs and festivals in dozens of international cities across five continents. As long-time advocates of “cognitive liberty,” a growing international “sacramental culture” has embraced the Grey’s as important mapmakers and spokespersons for the visionary realm.

The Grey’s state that it is only with the extraordinary support of the whole CoSM Staff that the Kickstarter Campaign is up and running.

MEDIA CONTACT INFO:

Kickstarter Campaign Leader: John Harris, Operations Manager
johnharris@cosm.org
CoSM, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappinger, New York
845-297-2323 x103

KICKSTARTER VIDEO TEAM:

The CoSM Kickstarter Campaign video brought together the talent of accomplished artists including —

Video Editior — Zena Grey, actor, host of Lost & Found Film Club, Creative Content Producer for Buzzfeed/SnapChat.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0340720/?ref_=nv_sr_1
https://www.facebook.com/LostFoundFilmClub/videos?ref=page_internal

Digital Effects, Edge Visual
Jackie Cooper & Edward Dawson-Taylor;
For Disney, Microsoft, Pixar, Lucas Films and more..
• http://www.edgevisual.co/ • Instagram: @edgevisualvr
• Twitter: @edgevisualcg • Facebook: www.facebook.com/edgevisual

3D Sculpting — Ryan Tottle & , Academy Award winning Disney animator. {Frozen; Zootopia] –
ryantottle.blogspot.com/

3D Sculpting — Alena Wooten-Tottle; Academy Award winning Disney animator. {Frozen);
alenawooten.blogspot.com/ ;

3D Animation — Maurice (Mo) Caicedo
mocaicedo.com/

Videographer — Louie Schwartzberg
https://movingart.com/

Videographer — Shay Motion
https://www.youtube.com/user/ShayMotionFilms;
https://www.facebook.com/shaymotion/info/?tab=page_info

Motion video artist — Jonathan Singer
johnathansinger.com/

Music by Tipper
tippermusic.net/

Music by Koan
https://www.facebook.com/koantunes/

Visionary Art Organizer for Entheon Kickstarter — Amanda Sage,
artist/clothing designer
amandasage.com