I just back got some great pictures from a show I was the Art Director and Set Designer for:
“Brave” the world premiere live performance with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Charles Ressler as the star and creator of the show. Performed in the 2,050 Seat Reynolds Hall of The Smith Center. The Smith Center is a world-class performing arts center who’s roster includes Broadway, Music, Theater and Dance. www.thesmithcenter.com
It was a wonderful collaboration with a team of local artists I helped bring together: Amos Martinez, Justin Lepper and Joel Spencer.

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This Spring I was commissioned by Downtown Project to take over an entire building on the corner on Fremont and 8th St in the new bustling area of East Fremont. The building used to be an old gas station in the 1930s and lastly a Burrito Stand!

So, we are still calling it the Burrito Stand, but what will soon be inside (and outside!) will be something entirely new. I have brought on my friend and collaborator whom I worked with at Blue Man Group, Christopher Kachurak, to help with sculptural elements and create an interactive art installation that will go from the inside out. I have almost completed the mural which wraps around the entire building. But for now, here is a picture of the West-facing wall I have painted, which is now complete…and a sneak peak at me painting the East-facing wall below. Updates coming soon!!

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artist photoshoot with WOLF189, Photographer

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Osho – “From darkness to the light” # 8

“Agony is missing yourself, ecstasy is finding yourself”

You exist first, and then you have to find who you are. The animals, the trees, the rocks, know first who they are, and then they exist; hence there is spiritual enquiry. No animal bother about asking the question: Who am I? What is the meaning of my life? He knows it already; there is no question, there is no doubt, no enquiry.

Man is a continuous enquiry, a continuous question. To the very last breath he goes on growing. To the very last breath he can change his whole life pattern. He can take a quantum jump. There is no necessity for him to just go on following the path that he has followed. At the very last moment he simply can step aside. There is nobody to prevent him, it is his freedom. Man is the only animal in existence who has freedom – and out of this freedom is agony. Agony means: I don’t know how I am.

I don’t know where I am going and why I am going. I don’t know whether whatever I am doing I am supposed to do or not. The question continuously remains; not even for a single moment does the question leave. Whatever you do, the question is there: Are you sure? Is it the thing for you to do? Is it the place for you to be?

The question leaves not even for a single moment. And this is as deep as anything can be in you, at the very core of your being. This is the agony…that the meaning is not known, that the purpose is not known, that the goal is not known. It seems as if we are accidental, that by some accident we are born. No other animal, no tree, no bird is accidental; they are planned. Existence has a whole program for them. Man seems to be totally different. Existence has left man utterly free.

Once you become aware of this situation then agony arises. And it is fortunate to feel it. That’s why I say that it is no ordinary pain, suffering, misery. It is very extraordinary, and it is of tremendous value to your whole life, its growth, that you should feel agony, that each fibre of your being should feel the questioning, that you should become simply a question. And naturally it is frightening. You are left in a chaos. But out of this very chaos the stars are born. If you don’t start stuffing out of fear, if you don’t start escaping from your agony…Everybody is trying to escape, finding ways: falling in love, doing this, doing that…somehow, somewhere engaged. One thing is not finished, and you start doing another thing, because you are afraid. If there is a gap between the two and the question raises its head, and you start feeling agony, then it is better to continue, to go on running; don’t stop. People start running from their birth to till they die. They don’t stop, they don’t sit by the side of the road under a tree. To me the statues of Buddha and Mahavira in the East, sitting in a lotus posture under a tree, do not mean anything historical. They mean something far more significant. These are the people who have stop running. They are the people who have step out of the road on which the whole procession of humanity is going. They are real dropouts, not the Californian type which within a few years drop in again. No, these are real dropouts who never drop in again… Agony is the experience that you have come in the world a clean slate, a tabula rasa; nothing is written on it. This is your original face.

Now, you can do two things. One is, being afraid if this vacuum, you can start running after something or other – earning money, power, learning, asceticism, becoming a sage, scholar, politician – somehow to give you a feeling of identity, somehow to hide your own inner chaos. But whatever you do the chaos is there and is going to remain there. It is an intrinsic part of you. So those who understand don’t try in any way to escape from it. On the contrary, they try to enter into it. These are the two ways: either run away from it as everybody else is doing, or run into it. Reach to its very center howsoever painful, fearful, but reach to the center, because that is you. And it is good at least one time to be at the very exact center of your being.

The moment you reach that center, then the second word become significant: ecstasy. Ecstasy is the flower of agony. Agony is not against ecstasy. Agony is the way to ecstasy. You just have to accept it. What else can one do? It is there. You can close your eyes, that does not mean that the sun has disappeared; it is still there. And everybody is trying to close his eyes, the sun is too glaring. Forget about it, don’t look at it…as if it is not there. Believe it is not there.

The pseudo-religions are trying to teach you exactly that: try to reach to God, try to reach to heaven, follow Jesus Christ…But none of them says don’t follow anybody and don’t look for any paradise or heaven because this is all trying to deceive yourself. Have a one hundred and eighty degree turn.

Look into the chaos that is there, into the agony that is there. And if it is your nature, then howsoever painful it is, we have to become acquainted with it. And the miracle is, it is painful to pass through it but it is just the greatest bliss when you have past and reached to the center of your being.

Agony is all around the center, and ecstasy is just in the center. Perhaps agony is just a protective shell…ecstasy is so valuable it needs protection. And nature has created such a protective wall, what to say of others? even you start to run away from it. Who is going to enter into your agony if you yourself are running away?

The moment you think of it, agony seems to be a tremendous gift of nature. It changes its whole color, its fragrance, its meaning. It is a protective wall, so protective that even you start running away from it. Don’t run away from yourself whatever the case may be. A man’s mettle is judge by his entering into his own inner chaos. You are worthy to call yourself human being when you have reached to the center; and you can see from the center, around yourself. You are blissful – not only you are blissful, from the center the whole existence is blissful too.

Agony and ecstasy are two sides of you being. They both make you one organic unity, one whole. So I am not telling you to get rid of agony. That’s what the pseudo-religions have been telling you for centuries. I am telling you to befriend agony, how to be in love with the chaos. Once you are in love with the chaos, the freedom that chaos brings, the unbounded space that chaos brings, enter into it till you reach the center.

To find oneself is to find all. Then there is nothing missing, there is no question left. Then for the first time you have the answer. Although you can not convey the answer to anybody else, you can convey the way you found it.

 

City Hall ExhibitionRead the article in the Review Journal here:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/arts-culture/artists-define-our-las-vegas

I just did an interview with BSQ Magazine about my artwork, my process, and my thoughts on fine art/performing art. Check it out here:
http://bsqmagazine.com/alexandria-lee-portraiture-and-color/

Also my painting, “Concentration” is featured on the blog “Shame-ful.com”:
http://shame-full.com/get-creative-get-inspired/

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CATCHING UP WITH ALEXANDRIA LEE

By, Antoinette Silicato

 

When was the last time you felt wild and beguiled, like a simpering whimpering child? For me, it was when I found myself nearly walking on air, following an interview I did with the gifted artist, Alexandria Lee. From the time she gracefully made her entrance in the Beat Café, art section of downtown Las Vegas, it was clearly apparent that I was looking at a most authentic young lady, which gave me a feeling of acceleration as we began to speak.

Alexandria recalls that as a young girl she always loved make-believe whether it was dancing, drawing, writing, anything and everything creative and by the time she was in high school she had lots of fun taking part in numerous theatrical productions. When she began studies at the UNLV she was not quite sure of her direction and began majoring in Architecture. Lasting over a year, she then switched her major to Fine Arts. Becoming knowledgeable in the language of the diverse art forms she was being introduced to, it was conceptual art that spoke to her soul. Developing her individual voice as an artist, she won First Place in the Contemporary Arts Collective’s Annual Juried Exhibition for her painting, “Concentration” after her third year in art school, 2009.

For her final year at the university, this free spirit went to Italy to obtain credits from their study abroad program. While living in the beautiful environs of Viterbo, Italy, Alexandria lights up as she confesses that it was the “fountains” that inspired her the most. She feels that the architectural beauty of the fountains and the manner in which the water flows from their openings were an example of the spectacular ways that Italians understood, then and now, the creative ways of enhancing life.

Returning to Vegas and graduating from UNLV, Alexandria set her sights for Los Angeles and after learning how to deal cards from the Nevada Gaming School, within a year of saving money from tips; she was ready to make her move.

Moving to Los Angeles, no time was wasted by Alexandria as she set her studio up and immersed herself, day after day, at the foot of her easel, eyeing her ready canvas with palate in hand and rich vibrant colors of choice eager to be set to form out of the steady stream of ideas she’s driven by: freedom – political views – humanism. Stroke, stroke, slide, dab, dab! As she creates, “being true to who you are” is at the forefront and root of her expression from start to finish. Her love for painting the human face is the most important component to her paintings and she is emphatic when she says “people are the most important thing in the world.”

A girl all about town, Alexandria was quickly exhibiting her paintings in art group shows around the Los Angeles and Hollywood area. She was also active with “Your Magical Party” an organization where she entertained at kid’s parties, baptisms, and the like. With the kids, she played games, made face paintings, put on magic shows offering song and dance, and she also portrayed all of beloved Disney characters from Cinderella and Snow White, to Tinker Bell and Minnie Mouse. When she played Rapunzel, she even rode in on a white horse. Too cool!

Los Angeles has opened lots other creative opportunities to drop into Alexandria’s lap as well. She has been involved with short films, danced and acted in music videos, as well as did print work as a dancer and model. The biggest art show, at this stage in her career, was when four of her paintings were exhibited with other highly regarded artists, David Lachapelle, York Chang, and Austin Young for the group show “Consumptive” at Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills. When I asked who some of her favorite artists are, without hesitation, she quickly declared that Dutch painter of the Renaissance era Hieronymus Bosch, German expressionist painter and print maker Otto Dix, and Spanish surrealist painter Salvator Dali are among the top artists who have greatly influenced her. As a swing dance competitor, she was also active with the group, Hollywood Hotshots. Landing a role in an independent film, she was whisked away to Paris with the videographer and even though the film hasn’t been completed, she had an amazing time on Parisian soil.

2012 – Returning to Las Vegas, in less than a year she has already been nominated for best visual artist of Los Angeles for RAW Artists, a national organization. Out of a hundred artists, Alexandria was picked by the founder of the organization to show her art at the National Awards Show. This will take place on January 13, 2013 in downtown Los Angeles. For tickets, visit: www.rawartists.org/alexandrialee

With fashion being another of Alexandria’s passions, she was tickled all over when she told me that she had just won “best dressed” for the Celebration of the End of the Prohibition at the Moon Night Club, just the night before we met. Her 1920’s outfit was the sure winner, of $1,200!

To make matters even more colorful, Alexandria recently auditioned for the Blue Man Group and landed the role. She will be playing the first female character in the Blue Man Group, portraying the character “Showbot”.

As an extremely driven person, Alexandria feels enormously blessed. Her vision and goal is to contribute to the world by influencing as many people in the best way possible. In her heart of hearts, she knows that she is a humanitarian and believes herself to be a spiritually alive person.

Alexandria presently has a studio in Emergency Arts, 520 Freemont Street (corner of 6th street), Las Vegas, 89101. Get to know Alexandria and her art by visiting her website. www.alexandrialee.com

For Alexandria, the sky is the limit and even the sky won’t be able to contain her. Let’s stay caught up with this vibrant young talent as she continues to make her mark in the art world as a humanitarian.

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My working art studio is now at Emergency Arts on the corner of Fremont and 6th St. in the center of the bustling Downtown Las Vegas. I currently don’t have set hours at my studio, but you can always take a peak inside, as my door has a large glass window: you can see the paintings I’m currently working on, and completed ones line the walls.
My studio is located on the 2nd floor, unit #215. Send me a message if you’d like to make an appointment!

 

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