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Alex Grey

57 STUX + Haller Gallery

Alex Grey’s paintings are an unusual amalgam of mystical obsession and scientific precision. His is an art of metaphysics, and no matter how far removed his concept of reality may be from the fringes of normal human experience, it is based on, and precisely rendered as, the results of an intensive personal investigation into the nature of man.

Visually, Grey’s quasi-textbook illustrations seem disturbingly inappropriate for anything that would be considered expressive or inspirational in painting. Despite the largely intuitive nature of his work, the nearly academic style of his presentation is problematic and quirky in that it tries unrelentingly to explain, literally peeling away the skin to expose the nuts and bolts of the human machine. While the group of paintings exhibited here were actually about love and positive energies, the lack of sentimentality in Grey’s execution, and his

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