Re:Creation featuring Alex Grey
Last Thursday, live artists aligned with musicians and DJs at the Highline Ballroom in New York City to create a collaborative and creative experience to the Mr. Bugsly repertoire. As a general rule for the night, there were more artists on stage than there were musicians and DJs. The live artists performed in the presence of the famous Alex Grey and his wife Allyson Grey, who stole the show. When I arrived, Alex Grey was signing posters and chatting with fans, who eagerly waited on a massive line.
However, I have to tip my hat off to Oliver Vernon and Damon Soule. Their painting was amazing in terms of a performance. They moved quickly and efficiently to create one of their signature paintings, marked by a fractal surrealism that has the distinct appearance of being made graphically, not organically. I was very impressed and would highly recommend seeing another one of their live performances, which is quite different from the general creation of art, which can be tedious, meticulous, and not the most exciting thing to see at a show.
The lineup was pretty full, going into the wee hours of the night. Narkatta started off the night, then Reality Engine, followed by Sonkin. Welder, the Eskmo side project, took the stage with his signature welding mask. Afterwards, Up Until Now, featuring Barber of the Disco Biscuits and Murph of STS9, took the over. The highlights of the night did not get on until after 2am: Heyoka and Space Jesus, two acts not to be missed.