A few years ago, someone I knew insisted on taking me to a psychic. Her name was Miriam Berry. She was an old soothsayer that my grandmother used to visit, so I figured it could be amusing. I’m not really superstitious, so I wasn’t expecting much. Miriam was absolutely charming, her yellow-gray hair piled messily into a bun. She flashed a smile as bright as jeweled fingers, and asked me some questions while flipping through a tarot deck. She told me to think of a question. This, of course, made my mind go completely blank. What do I really want to know? I settled on something really generic and vague, like “Will everything turn out alright?” Much of this meeting was not memorable. But one thing she said will never leave my mind. She paused in the middle of a thought. She looked at me, smiled, and said “love will prevail”. We looked at each other and giggled.
I think messages like this keep us going. And if you look or listen carefully, these messages are all around. Recently, I was introduced to Mark Samsonovich. He is an artist that worked in solitude for many years and decided 2013 would be the year to share his work with the world. Every week, he produces large scale installations in public spaces throughout Manhattan. Street art is something I adore, so I was nearly beside myself with excitement to meet someone that works on such a massive scale. (New to my site? You should check out my previous posts on street art.)
Before our meeting, I carefully looked at Mark’s website and Instagram feed. I’m always curious to look at other people’s art. It reveals so much about the way they think and experience the world. I could tell that Mark and I had similar ideals, but perhaps he is better at expressing them more poignantly than me.
As you can see, the main subject is love. The art is really brilliant because it is inviting and interactive, welcoming people to have fun. But there is something else that is really special about about Mark’s work. It’s the way in which he defines what love is. Have you ever tried to summarize what love means to you? It certainly can be tricky to do.
I think that Mark’s work exemplifies how love is a spectrum. It is an underlying emotion that makes us care for others. It may show up in various ways – like romance, lust, agape, or friendship. However it appears, love allows us to connect others to share the experience of life. Love can transform a mundane day into an adventure.
I’m so pleased that Mark’s will be sharing new artwork at Tesla Style Night. Buy your tickets to come check it out. And also keep your eye out for his work throughout New York City. It’s everywhere.