We discuss the mysterious concept of Mediumistic Art with professor and art historian Alessandro Keegan. Artists such as William Blake, Hilma af Klint, Georgianna Houghton, Austin Osman Spare, and many others felt they connected with something outside of themselves and couldn’t fully take credit for what they created. Do other bits of intelligence influence us? Does inspiration come from a collective, global consciousness that starts a creative movement? Where do these ideas come from if not from within? We have an excellent conversation with Alessandro and also explore his own amazing, otherworldly art and influences.
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Alessandro Keegan (b. 1980) is a visual artist, writer and adjunct professor with a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Arts in art history from Brooklyn College. His paintings and drawings, which depict forms that straddle the lines between science, nature, technology and mysticism, have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and The Netherlands. Writings about his work have appeared in Artforum, Masthead Magazine and Ephemera NYC as well as journals such as Helvete (Punctum Books, Brooklyn) and J’ai Froid (Castillo/ Corrales, Paris). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.