"Hope is the Upside. But if you’re upside down, looking Down, instead of Up.
You don’t even know it’s there.” - Brownboy Love
The luminous beauty and empowering love found in the images of this work
reflect the divine consciousness emblazoned upon the blueprint of our universe.
It is in the waves of the ocean and the spinning of galaxies.
Illumination of the incomprehensible perfection of all that is
manifests in the intentions and devotion that have inspired accomplishments of triumphant creativity and expression.
It is in temples in India, cathedrals in Spain, Mosques in Turkey, Churches in America,
and the spiritual rituals, ceremonies, celebrations, and dazzling colors of Devotion and Faith.
In a conscious decision to embrace eternity and reach for divinity
in beliefs that have been blossoming since the dawn of creation,
mankind reaches beyond the limitations of space and time, into the transcendental,
for inspiration, direction, peace of mind, and Hope.
This work is dedicated to the truth embodied in all of the world’s true religions
"HOPE" - 54” x 108” canvas, stretched & varnished,
Amid the madness of a world in turmoil,
at this moment, with every breath
there are countless millions in every religion and
spiritual practice praying for peace, strength, solutions,
courage, and the power to triumph over adversity.
Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists,
Jews, Jains, Taoists, and Baha’is,
Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Confucianists, and Shintoists,
Shamanists, and Native American medicine men
find unity, love, direction,
inspiration and solutions from Within.
Consciousness changes everything.
So we dive into the inexhaustible,
ever-expanding wonder and
of the Supreme Universal Self.
To go to the " Rocky Waters" Suite
and see each image with audio narration
The collective assault of negative, horrifying
images, ideas, events, emotions, and realities
in an inferno of hatred, anger, and resentment
for atrocities real and imagined;
inflamed by news media and the internet;
zombie-filled entertainment, movies, shows, games:
and countless tales of mankind fighting to conquer
never-ending assaults, invasions, and abominations;
creates a frenzied consciousness of dread,
an overwhelming conviction that we are doomed.
This is the 21st century brain, certain of
the terminal cataclysm, the imminent inevitable,
the final collapse, the go-bonkers,
the Mother Kali, the blown fuse, the big debacle,
the last hemorrhage, the mighty annihilation,
the end of all things and final Act of God.
A NOTE FROM SHADOE STEVENS
The Galerie Michael Show was a great success. Thank you to all my friends, family, and visitors who showed up in support of this gala event. Among the hundreds of people were Craig Ferguson, Joe Mantegna, Director Paul Feig, and a huge number of friends I hadn't seen for years. The gallery said it was one of the biggest and loudest receptions ever.
What's most remarkable is that "Galerie Michael," at 224 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, is the top gallery on the west coast and I was surrounded by Picasso and Salvador Dali. How did I get there? It's the kind of mysterious and unexpected magic
the Rocky Waters series explores: the inexplicable perplexity of unlimited possibilities.
Our world is filled with madness. We are bombarded daily with countless stories of terror, tragedy, and hatred.
It has become a mind-numbing assault on the world’s collective consciousness.
Fear and dread have become the norm, and even our most successful entertainment has become shock driven.
Doomsday explores the face of reality, doubt, and the constant barrage of media-driven fear,
in a work of dense imagery and colorful optical illusions.
This is an unsettling visual journey through intensely colorful and
engaging - sometimes terrifying, sometimes humorous - imagery.
Doomsday was commissioned by Farley Malorrus in an effort to visualize how
mankind has its focus on some kind of imminent inevitable:
chaos, death, destruction, and extermination of everything around us.
"DOOMSDAY" - 54” x 108” canvas, stretched & varnished,
"MAP" / GLOSSARY
To find descriptions and meaning behind the more than one hundred images, symbols, masters, quotes, and leaders.
INVISIBLE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN "HOPE"
To read about religions of the world, science, a position on atheism, and why we have every reason the be Hopeful.
Click below to see the video introduction and descriptions of the Rocky Waters Suite
The Vision for "Rocky Waters"
To explore the face of Doubt, Fear of the Unknown, and the Nature of Hope.
I set out to create works that reflect the enormity and complexity of emotional states
triggered by the yeah-buts and what-ifs
through dense imagery and colorful optical illusions.
The mind is bombarded by endless conflicting thoughts and impulses
moment to moment, so I set out to create a series of pieces
that would givea fleeting glimpse of mind-sets at various States of Change.
The Suite is a Visual and Auditory journey through Challenging Times
by way of Narrative, intensely colorful and engaging Images,
and a brilliantly subtle combination of meaty depth with a dollop of wit -
humor so subtle it is barely recognizable as humor
because it doesn't make you laugh or even smile,
but may come back later when you least expect it.
I call this kind of humor: Time-Released Mirth.
I call the artistic approach:Transcendental Wha Hoo.