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As my elevator climbed toward artist David Foox’s studio on an undisclosed floor of a beautiful, expansive building deep in the heart of the financial district, my mind ran wild with expectation and curiosity. What would a nearly 100,000 square foot art space in one of the most expensive areas in Manhattan look like? Half expecting a gorgeous, modern studio full of eager interns, half expecting something I’d never seen before, I was delighted (and floored) by getting the latter.

David Foox’s studio is a post-apocalyptic wonderland

Walking out of the elevator into a shadowy, dimly lit office space, the odd feeling that no one had seen or touched anything around me for decades slowly crept up my spine. Foox immediately and nonchalantly walked me past an eery post-apocalyptic office scene full of decaying gray cubicles, live electrical wiring and scattered arm chairs toward his work space.

When I later asked how he had acquired the space, he answered by saying that “whatever it is you really desire or intend will manifest itself.”  Indeed, it seemed that his desire for a space that fit his needs manifested itself (thanks to the philanthropic good will of the building’s managers)  in the form of a sprawling office space that had been abandoned for nearly a decade. As we neared his “office,” I got the feeling that I was in for one of the most interesting nights I’ve ever had in the city.

Foox shares his philosophies on art and the universe

For those not in tune with the New York City art scene, David Foox has earned his place as one of the most prolific and eclectic artists of the past few years. Exploring every art form under the sun, from various styles of painting to vinyl toys to street art to collectible coins, Foox is limited only by how much of himself he’s willing to offer the world. According to David, who told me that every piece of work he creates “is charged with the love in my heart” (sometimes literally – he once painted his own heart onto x-rays of his own chest), it seems there’s still a whole lot of himself left to give.

Foox’s Organ Donors Collection

Aside from wanting to see the space I’d heard so much about, Michelle, Erinn and I came to what Foox referred to as “the dark tower” to talk to him about his newest projects and hopefully get some insight on what he would be working on next.

There is an important story and reason behind every project Foox gives himself to. His vinyl toy project Organ Donors  stemmed from a family member with cystic fibrosis, who was miraculously gifted two replacement lungs from a 26-year old iron man athlete who had died too young. Foox was so inspired by it that he decided to create an entire toy series that would raise not just awareness for organ donation, but charity money as well.

Pieces from Foox’s Follow project

Foox’s current “FOLLOW” project, which blends more traditional art with an expansive street art movement, features scores of long-eared rabbits, often dressed in suits and uniforms. I knew the project had obvious ties to 2011 being the year of the rabbit, but I wanted to know more; so I asked Foox how the project had started and what it was all about.

He told me that it had all started with a ram. Foox wanted to do a series on rams with long, horizontal horns because they were steeped in historical folklore and esoteric understanding. When he finished, he was soon made aware that the ram’s horns had evil connotations; that the piece itself was exuding a ton of negative energy. Discovering that he could use the ram’s face and put it naturally on a rabbit’s body, the project took a 180. “Rabbits have a positive connotation, even though they’re a creature of the night, and are traditionally associated with the occult,” David told us. It seemed a natural fit.

Foox poses with the full  Constellations collection just before shipping them out to buyers

The first half of the “follow” project was manifesting itself. It was the street art component, however, that I found most interesting, especially since Foox had never dabbled in it before. When I asked him why he decided to translate the follow project onto the streets of New York, he told us that  “every sticker that goes out (and every stencil painted) is charged with the intention of being pervasive and repetitive… and for that to happen, it must be a message that everyone can make into their own meme or mantra. “FOLLOW” does that naturally because everyone can finish a thought… FOLLOW me, FOLLOW you, FOLLOW through, FOLLOW your heart and so on.”

Foox suggests that the New York he sees outside his window, the pristine views of Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty and the massive skyscrapers of the financial district, was built because our civilization was able to “shut out thought.” He says our society is one of worker bees and ants rejecting free thought in lieu of “advancement.”

Foox shows his work to Untapped Cities and John Henny, associate art director of the William Bennett Gallery

He believes all that a great awakening of consciousness is coming, and he wants to be a part of it, promising to keep tagging until his message is “etched into the collective consciousness. I can’t imagine a more fitting place for Foox to work to pervade the lives and minds of America’s worker bees than an office that once housed scores of discontented businessmen trapped in colorless cubicles, an office that was also once the set of the film Wall Street 2.

So what’s next for David? At the moment, he’s working on a secret, innovative project codenamed “the Rothschild.” “It’s a new type of wallet in which your money gets folded in a magical way that makes it last longer,” states David. The Rothschild wallet is based upon stories Andy Warhol told his friends about how the Rothschild family would fold their cash in a specific manner to lengthen its life. Soon, everyone will be able to fold and carry their cash in the same esoteric way the Rothschilds did. “And it’s fun,” said David, smiling wickedly.

He’s also planning a project for the year of the dragon, 2012. As the dragon is the only magical creature of the zodiac, Foox believes 2012 is going to be a “magical year full of political and commercial shifts,” that it will be “China’s time to shine.” How will the year of the dragon manifest itself into Foox’s work? “I was thinking maybe through sculpture,” Foox told us. “When I imagine dragons, I imagine them in 3D. What do you guys think?” Constantly exploring new mediums and always willing to learn something from those who show interest in him and his work, Foox is truly an artist of the people.

Get in touch with the author  @lukekingma.  Follow Foox on Twitter here.

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21 Comments

  1. Michael Lee Wueschinski says:

    David, You are great artist and more then that a great man! Thank you for helping vets that don’t like war but are trapped into going to war after it is to late. ~SEMPER FI~

  2. Mlwues34 says:

    Great article about great guy and artist! I would love to be wear you were but that probably wont happen but your article gave me a glance into a artistic mind of beauty, creativeness, intelligence and kindness!

  3. Sam Souffle says:

    LOVE CHILD, FOOX’s first produceriol role. Painter as Filmmaker is an interesting twist for his career

    see the update here

    http://www.indiewire.com/article/will-you-see-this-movie-sundance-alum-directs-doc-about-first-successful-internet-addiction-manslaughter-defense#

  4. uncle sam says:

    i love FOOX. i love this guy’s passion for life. keepp it up homey

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  7. sgt michael wueschinski says:

    THANK YOU DAVID, IF I WROTE THIS PIECE ON COMMNTS IAPOLOGIZE BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONATED TO VETERANS OF AMERICA!AND TO ANYBODY THat thinks that i am not a 100% disabled veteran and thT I AM IN PROCESS OF HAVING MY LAWYER GET ALL THAT I NEED FOR MY 501C3 THEY CAN SUCK IT! BUT MR. MFOXX 9IS A GREt artist and i think i did this mail when the art as on it’s way and i apologize from the bottom of my heart!and for rock poster frame you can go to h@@@ !Because I am no scammer for a print here and there! i have a lot of art from artist around the world but i want to have the best ART SHOW’S for the veteran’s with PTSD!Remember without the military fihting for are freedoms that5 most artist don’t even think about then shame on you!READ HE BILL OF RIGHTS and then you might understand why my cause is probably the best for artist to donate too! BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN TO MANY COUNTRIES THAT ARTIST EITHER HAVE NO HANDS,STONED OR JAILED FOR STREET ART OR SELF PROJECTION OF WHAT THEY NFEEL! ALL THESE ARAB STATES WE ARE FIGHTING KILL ARTIST AND IF YOU GET CAUGHT WRITING ON A WALL R ANY PROPAGANDA BEING DRAWN WILL BE NOT TOLLERATED!SGT.MICHAEL WUESCHINSKI/UNITED NATIONS/MARINE CORP/US ARMY/NATO!AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE MY SOON TO BE THE NON PROFIT THAT COMES WITH NUMBERS FROM IRS OR THAT I WAS A VETERAN OF PEACE AND WAR THEN HERE IIS MY EMAIL AND I CAN SEND YOU ANY INFO YOU NEED!(MLWUES34@AOL.COM)!

  8. Yusef Khidrami says:

    FOOX has done it again. Did not know about the studio or the new rabbits. I want one of those print sets and I want to be hanging with FOOX in his space. Congrats and great interview pics. Y

  9. Bea says:

    Package dispensed to Michael, today with a few of David’s private prints no longer publicly available. Merry Christmas and a happy 2012! FOOX

    Bea a Bee!

  10. art lover esquire says:

    NOW THAT IS AN AWESOME STUDIO.

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  12. MICHAEL LEE WUESCHINSKI says:

    please give to artist!

    WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO ASK FOR ONE PRINT FROM SOME OF THE BEST ARTIST THAT ARE OUT THERE?
    I HAVE TRIED TO GET YOUR ATTENTION FOR MONTHS BUT ONLY A FEW HAVE DONATED TO THE CAUSE AND SHOW. SHEPARD,MR BRAINWASH,CLEON, PETERSON, A COUPLE OTHERS. I SPENT MY LITTLE BIT OF MONEY SAVED FOR THIS UP AND COMING EVENT ON JUST THE ESSENTIALS!I NEED SOME ART. WHY CAN’T YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT REALLY NEED YOU! THESE SOLDIERS AND PEACE KEEPERS HAVE GAVE UP SO MUCH TO GIVE THE RIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO ALL WAYS TO BE ABLE TO PAINT, TALK AND PERFORM YOUR WORK. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!WE ARE THE ONLY MILITARY THAT PROTECTS FREDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS! WE COULD BE LIKE 90% OF THE MILTARIES THAT KEEP THERE ARTIST IN JAIL AND THE INTERNET UNDER SERIOUS EYES ON IT!PLEASE HELP ME!I HAVE ASKED TO HELP THE DISABLED AND INJURED BUT I AM ASKING TO HELP THIS DISABLED VETERAN. I HAVE BEEN TO IRAQ,SOMALIA,BOSNIA,HUNGARY,CROATIA,KOSOVO AND HAITI! I was in the un/nato/marines/us army. i am now 100% disabled from ptsd and broken back(put my paper work in pics)I’m sorry this isn’t formal but i’m just a vet trying to help myself and other disabled vets and military soldiers. one print! please. why do you want to hate the people that protect this nation every day!ANYWAYS PLEASE DONATE A PIECE OF ART OR A PEINT!I’LL BE LOOKING FOR THE MAIL AND A TUBE FROM THE BEST ARTIST OUT IN THIS CRAZT WORLD. YOU GIVE MEANING THROUGH YOUR ABILITY AND IT HELPS!KNOWN FACT!
    PLEASE SEND TO:
    MICHAEL LEE WUESCHINSKI JR
    228 BRUAW DR
    YORK,PA 17406
    UN/NATO/USMC/US ARMY
    ART HELPS PEOPLE MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY. MAYBE YOUR PIECE WILL HELP FOR A DAY OR A MONTH BUT WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO KNOW YOU HELP THE PEOPLE THAT GIE THERE LIVES FOR ARE FREEDOM!

  13. samantha says:

    WOOT! WOOT Aunia Khan WOOT WOOT.
    this is amazing. FOOX is such a special talented amazing human being and I am lucky to have met him and stay in his studio space. xoxo Sam.

    Keep it strong FOOX.

  14. overlord-of-darkness says:

    Clearly this is a dark tower of magik! Obviously this artist practices the dark arts well look at how well he is doing. Sure it’s all fun and games until you unleash the kraken on poor humanity! Irresponsible reporting on a very scary magical situation.

    – the Disturbed Magii Council.

  15. Pixie says:

    What a fascinating article.. love to read about his philosophies on life and the universe…and the studio is like something out of the twilight zone- definitely the kind of magical atmosphere that sparks amazing art!!

  16. paul wigsten says:

    really cool stuff – keep up the good work and good luck

  17. Debbie Haber-Joseph says:

    Unbelievable…I want to move back to NY and work for you! A warm he-art and an incredible mind…meeting you was a gift!

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