Largely influenced by Late Baroque and Rococo, Kris Kuksi (first covered in HF Vol. 19) recently presented a new body of work for his solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, “Amalgamation.” Where Rococo artists made a fluid and graceful approach to the Baroque, Kuksi’s mixed media assemblages possess a certain darkness. Oftentimes, we find his subjects engulfed in a chaotic, yet ornate collection of “throwaway” objects. The title of his exhibition alludes to the complete confusion and disorderly nature of each piece.
Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn has assembled a rather eerie exhibition in cooperation with Morbid Anatomy Museum that pairs contemporary works with a wide variety of vernacular photography, folk sculpture, spirit photography, and more. “OPUS HYPNAGOGIA: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular” takes a look at creative enlightenment over the centuries, and explores our ongoing fascination with mental phenomena like Hypnagogia. On display will be recent works by the likes of Martin Wittfooth (HF Vol. 19 cover artist), Kris Kuksi (first covered in HF Vol. 19), Caitlin McCormack, El Gato Chimney, Rithika Merchant, and Hunter Stabler whose creations share a surreal quality or supernatural theme.
While Kris Kuksi’s baroque assemblages (first covered in HF Vol. 19) have an ornate aesthetic suited for marble or gilded bronze, his work is composed of carefully-chosen collections of commonplace, throwaway objects. Kuksi assembles dolls, jewelry, model parts and various consumerist debris into monumental dioramas. Within them, his characters are embroiled in a chaotic drama of violence and sex, which Kuksi carefully contains into symmetrical, harmonious compositions that appear deceptively decorative at a first glance. The Kansas-based artist will be showing his new body of work for his solo show, “Antiquity in the Faux,” opening at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles on November 15.
Inspired by the cultural legacy of Ancient Rome, Kris Kuksi recently presented a new body of work for his solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery, “Revival.” The title of the show alludes to the aspects of Roman society that persist in contemporary Western civilization. Kuksi’s work is exquisitely ornate, presenting a conglomeration of deified characters that resemble enlivened statues in an altar. Often ominous, the new works glorify chaos as their baroque construction unravels into depictions of conflict. Kuksi revealed in his show statement that many of the works stemmed from his disillusionment with the Christian church when he began to view it as a vehicle for discrimination. “Revival” is on view through January 18. Take a look at some of the work in the show after the jump.
Kris Kuksi (Hi-Fructose Vol. 19) recently shared photos of the intricate assemblage he created for Joshua Liner Gallery‘s booth at PULSE Miami during Art Basel. Titled “Neo-Dionysian,” the piece is a baroque celebration Greco-Roman mythology. It’s easy to get lost in the myriad of figures and dramatic narratives within the work. Take a look at these spectacular detail shots courtesy of Kris Kuksi after the jump.
The second installment of a bicoastal collaboration between two prominent galleries, the two person show “Go West” opens at Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City this Saturday featuring Kris Kuksi (Hi-Fructose vol. 19) and David Ellis. Curated by New York’s Joshua Liner Gallery, the show will be a follow-up to “Go East” curated by Mark Moore earlier this year.