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    BIOGRAPHY AND PURPOSE

    Aaron Stewart Lewis Knapp

    Born 1982, in Vero Beach, Florida

    Love for creativity flourished early in life for Aaron. He has created art since he could hold things. Earliest memories as an artist consist of drawing elaborate cross-sections of ant-hills at his grandmothers kitchen table. Reflecting back he realizes, Its always been about connectivity, just look at the ant hills!The talent grew from there.

    Knapps art is created from a feeling that the purpose of art is to save the soul of humanity; and believes the roles of artist, doctor, and priest to have a common origin and destiny; the shaman. He believes experience to be the engine of reality, with imagination as the fuel. His body of work is inspired by quantum physics, mysticism, anthropology, semiotics, mythology, ethnobotany, ecology, geometry and faith.

    In 2011, The Chemical Marriagewas created to house his many pursuits under one title. The name, chemical marriage, is inspired by a study of esoteric alchemy; part of a larger life-long pursuit in mystical experience. When asked to describe the nature of his work, one word sums it up, Psychoactive.

    Major Inspirations Include: Pythagoras, Nikola Tesla, Terrence McKenna, Jack Parsons, Salvador Dali, H.R. Giger, Bosch, Joseph Campbell, Alex Gray, MJ Keenan, Kris Kuksi, Olivier Sagazan, Joseph Bueys, Trent Reznor, Bill Hicks, Steve True, and John Lennon (to name a few in a very long list)

    Contact For questions, love letters, and basic communion.

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    LIST OF SIGNIFIGANT WORKS

    PERFORMANCES

    2015

    RITUAL II~Trust Lounge, Lexington, KY (on-going)

    Zosimos~Natashas Bistro and Bar, Lexington, KY

    Live-action Artist~Trust Lounge, Lexington KY

     

    2014

    Banishment Ritual feat. Amzie Adams~New Orleans, LA

    Live action Painter~Berea Freak Fest, Berea, KY

    Not for Everyonefeat. Bathed in Young Blood~Redmons, Lexington KY

    Kundalini Painting~Playthink Festival 2014, Berea, KY

    aPOPalypse~Bar F Nola~New Orleans LA

    First Friday Festlive-art collab with band Driftwood Gypsy~Berea, KY

    Untitled Flesh-sculpture, feat. Dick Deluxe~Bar F, New Orleans LA

    Americana Erotica (4 shows)~Kajuns Pub, New Orleans, LA

    First Friday Festlive-art collab with the band HuDost~Berea, KY

    Pressure Cooker for the Soul(4 shows)~Cafe Istanbol, New Orleans LA

    7 Steps to Knowherefeat. Everyone Lives, Everyone Wins~Berea, KY

    Purityfeat. Jim Dandy~Red Haus, New Orleans, LA

    Live-Painter with Dick Deluxe~Mudlark Theater, New Orleans, LA

     

    2013

    Invocation of the Androgynous Muse~Fringe Fest Nola, New Orleans, LA

    Hypnogogiafeat. Leah Reese~ Berea Center for the Arts, Berea, KY

    Invocation of the AndrogynousMuse~Playthink Fest 2013, Berea, KY

    Creation of Manperformance at the Black Feather, Berea, KY

     

    2012

    RITUAL (art performance inspired by the artist Sagazan)~Berea, Ky (on-going)

    Untitledlive art performance feat. Rebel Riot Review~the Vue, Lexington KY

    12 Months & 40 Pacesfeat. Cj Bloomer~Year long collaboration

    Money Where Your Mouth Isfeat. LongJumper~the Black Feather, Berea, KY

     

    2011

    09.10.11~the Black Feather, Berea, KY

    Creation of The Chemical Marriage~Bagdad, AZ

     

    2010

    The Daily Project~World-wide art project based in Bagdad, AZ

     

    COLLABORATIONS WITH MUSICAL ACTS INCLUDE:

    Everyone Lives Everyone Wins

    HuDost

    Bloodroots Barter

    Driftwood Gypsy

    Long Jumper

    Morning without You

    Last of the Dodo

    The Gentle Revolution

    Dick Deluxe and Jimmy Sweetwater

    Rod Hodges

    Cris Cristy

    Salvator Geleso

    Radar

     

    SELECT 2-D WORKS

     

    MerkaBallisticsongoing street art project, 2014 (on-going)

    Dreaming Awake at the End of Time~charcoal and pastel, 2012

    Invocation 13 panel work created at Playthink 2013

    Invocation 212×7 foot, 3 panels, created at Fringe Fest Nola, 2013

    Transit of Venus7×3 ft charcoal work created during the transit of Venus, 2012

    Ode to Metatron12.5 x 5 foot charcoal drawing. 2015

    Trustcreated live, 2015

    Love Kills the Demon24×48 inch charcoal work, 2014

    Telestai3×6 foot, pastel and charcoal, 2015

    Hypnogogiacollab with Leah Reese, created live 2013

    Sacrificefor 12 Months & 40 Paces collab with Cj Bloomer, 2012

     

    *These years are marked with notable commissions. These include illustration, design, consultation, and education. Private and public collaborations including: UGLex, Madison James, Pit Bull Vape Juice, Mark Beeching, Public Schools, Fringe Festival, Berea Arts Council, PlayThink Festival, Best of Street, as well as many direct commissions from private patronage. These years are also mark an immense body of smaller works, in many media.

     

    *For booking, references, or questions please use: artist@chemicalmarriage.com