I am happy to announce that on October 30th, my new book The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO® will be available. When I put together my first book some years ago it was for the purpose of connecting with exhibition guests who had seen my work, but maybe were too shy to ask questions. So when I was asked to pen a larger, more in-depth book I wasn’t sure where to even begin.
Somewhere during the late hours of many evenings, I found myself doing the same thing as when I am creating a sculpture. But this time, instead of building artworks, I was building a book, chapter by chapter. As with the artwork, I put myself out there heart and soul, sharing intimate personal stories and a behind-the-scenes look at who I am and my creative process.
This book features large, colorful photography of my art created from the LEGO medium, as well as anecdotal stories that hopeful inspire you to pursue your dreams and try new things. It’s been a few years in the making and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me in the process. For those of you who would like to grab a copy, you can preorder now thru Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other major retailers.
Not long ago, I asked guests to my exhibition The Art of the Brick at Discovery Times Square to leave a little piece of themselves with me by signing an individual brick as they exited. In turn, I promised to sculpt a piece of artwork that represented a greater sense of community. For weeks I poured over thousands of multi-colored recycled bricks, stopping to read fun messages along the way, signatures that included handles, hashtags and hometown countries far from New York City.
I have collaborated with amazing artists over the years: Jim Lee, Dean West, and you could even count Jonathan Coulton. So it was fun when Lady Gaga approached me about collaborating on her next music video.
I am pleased to be announcing a project that has been very close to my heart and a big driving force for me as an individual and artist – the formation of a nonprofit giving organization called the Art Revolution Foundation.
Art Revolution’s mission is to raise awareness and funds to put art supplies in kids’ hands, to fund programs that put arts education back into America’s schools and to support organizations that conduct art therapy for the ill and elderly. Its key message, “art is not optional,” is driven by the alarming devaluation of the arts in today’s schools and communities. With so many educational institutions cutting back on arts-related programs due to budgets and state mandates, children are not getting the creative inspiration, drive and knowledge that art education offers. Art Revolution drives to change that.
No better way to kick off the opening of The Art of the Brick in Brussels than this spectacular light show.