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PILGRIM PLANETS IS ISSUED IN AN EDITION OF 1 ONLY, FOR $350, WHICH INCLUDES TAXES AND SHIPPING. THE ACTUAL SIZE OF THE ACRYLIC HOUSING IS 4.5 x 6.4 x .9 Inches deep.
THE INSPIRATION AND THE CREATOR OF THIS WORK
The close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien and author of the Narnia books, C.S. Lewis, published a novel titled, Out of the Silent Planet in 1938. One of the premises of this cosmic allegory was that each planet in our solar system was actually a living, thinking, creative being—a goddess or god— in Lewis’ terms, an angel. The only planet that was ‘silent’ was Earth, because it had been taken over by a fallen angel, a being of darkness. And who knows, perhaps there are such beings in our Solar system. Perhaps the Pandemic was sent to us by a planetary spirit we have wronged with our pollution and disregard for the balance of Her natural systems. These were my thoughts as I digitally painted my Motion Art piece, which I have called, The Pilgrim Planets, three great pilgrims forever wandering the cosmos, together, living in Blake’s ‘eternal moment.’
Alan McKee, creator of Pilgrim Planets, grew up in the New York art world of the fifties and sixties and was especially close to some of the leading exponents of the abstract expressionist movement because his mother, Marjorie McKee, was a student of Hans Hofmann and she had one of the last shows at Peggy Guggeheim's gallery in New York. Through his father, Alvin Schwartz, who wrote Superman and Batman, Alan became acquainted with some of the ‘Golden Age’ artists and writers at DC Comics. He is particularly interested in nature and the interconnectedness of the biosphere, and with the growing pressure on it, the significance of outer space and the increasing human presence there. He has been creating digital art since the nineteen-nineties as well as authoring three full length novels and a collection of short stories.