My pictures are confused, abrupt, adamant, honest and entirely lacking in foresight. They are born from an argument between life's experiences, subconscious impulses and my own muddled aesthetic preferences; this dialogue is strained but ongoing. They are made possible only by the depth of my illness and the gift of my sobriety. I have accepted both graciously. They are, individually and as a group, an unwitting self-portrait.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Alien Intervention Art of Ken Grimes. Abductee records memories visually.
Ken Grimes’ art is characterized by his use of black and white acrylic
on canvas and board. The stark quality of the white text or image on
black background runs counter to the complex reality that his paintings
seek to convey. That is, the simple images help explore the diverse
registers of phenomenon in this universe that form a tantalizing web of
connections and stratagems.
The “coincidence board” is Grimes’ own apt phrase for the uncanny
coincidences that pervade our lives. In 1971 Grimes attempted to win
the state lottery in Cheshire, Connecticut by using telepathy on the
crowd gathered around the drawing site. Simultaneously, another Ken
Grimes in Cheshire, England won a large sum of money in that country’s
rendition of a lottery: the soccer pool.
Since Grimes’ fateful encounter in 1971, his “coincidence board” has
considerably expanded. His pictorial investigations probe paranormal
incidents from outer space. Alien visitations, crop circles, flying
saucers, and space travel are all themes Grimes seeks to understand
through collecting, examining, and evaluating their meaning in his
“Ken Grimes’ paintings reveal a passion closer to religious inspiration
than political dogma or personal rant,” Russell writes in the
exhibition essay, “for what drives his work is a search for signs of a
cosmic connection, a belief in the imminence of an unsettling truth,
and a confidence that art can be an agent of revelation.”