A rendering of Entheon, the next incarnation of CoSM.
Image courtesy of CoSM via Kickstarter.com
The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) in Wappinger, New York, is many things – visionary art gallery, church, educational site, and cultural event venue. It was borne from Alex Grey’s opus of paintings and sculptures called Sacred Mirrors, which depict human multidimensionality and are designed to catalyze a direct experience with one’s innate divinity. These incredible works of art are not only transforming their viewers, they are also transforming the space that houses them, and helping to catalyze the birth of an amazing cultural community center.
Alex Grey stands at the pinnacle of the visionary art world, his works more widely known and recognized than any other artist in the genre. His artwork is iconic and stunning, with an uncanny ability to convey esoteric understandings and visceral impressions at a glance. As other great artists, there is no need to explain his paintings and no guessing at which pieces are his – Alex’s powerful style jumps off the canvas and conveys his spiritual visions in minute detail.
Allyson Grey, Alex’s wife and creative partner for over 25 years, is an accomplished visionary artist as well, with brilliantly detailed geometric paintings that include layers of code, color, and form. Together they are responsible for a huge body of acclaimed visionary artwork, not to mention the emergence of the genre itself into popular awareness.
The next incarnation of the Sacred Mirrors’ home on the CoSM grounds will be an elaborate free-standing temple called Entheon, which is set to begin building in the next few years. Entheon will be an example of visionary architecture, a temple akin to the sacred sites of ancient cultures, where every meter will be designed to elicit a visionary experience. People were so excited for this project, the Entheon Kickstarter campaign raised over $200,000, becoming the second most funded art project in Kickstarter history.
If days and nights filled with workshops, visionary art, music, and ecstatic dance sound familiar, you’ll recognize that CoSM has much in common with Burning Man and other transformative gatherings. As a community center, CoSM exemplifies many of the principles and practices of these festivals, giving visitors a chance to both discover themselves and explore new realities through education, art, and ceremony. You may also notice a familiar sight gracing the grounds: Kate Raudenbush’s white steel sculpture “Altered States,” which debuted at Burning Man in 2008 and is now on display at CoSM. It’s no surprise that Alex and Allyson are repeat visitors to the playa themselves, often bringing amazing art and doing live presentations and paintings.