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Kyle Van Heck

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North Central College Naperville, 2007, BA

graffiti/street-art, photography, modern, pop, installation, mixed-media, collage, collage-assemblage


Artists Statement:

If all stories have a beginning and an ending, you will find me somewhere in the middle, constantly creating the role of the lead character who will allow the others to see who they truly are inside. Our world has become overrun with images and information, all of it passing before our eyes which can only absorb the smallest fraction of data, process it, and delete it in order to make room for so...mething else. However, within the overflow of information that we have created and which we now live, there is ample opportunity for education, transformation and realization. In reality, things are never as they seem, nor as we intended them to be.

The mediums in which I create my work, were never intended to be used as such, yet almost as soon as newspapers were printed they were being used for purposes other than that which was intended. Not only does this process re-purpose old material, but it takes original images or pieces of images intended to make a certain message and turns them upside-down or into something else entirely, creating a message built out of small pieces of pop culture than says something infinitely larger as a whole. Still even seen as a whole, the process by which my art is created allows the individual to break down the piece into its original components and draw further meaning from their own point of view. In the end what is created is a work of art with a specific message that can still be interpreted in as many different ways as there are people who view it.

Through the use of news paper as a medium and the addition of other materials such as oil paints, spray paints, old books, electrical wire, plastics, children's toys, and other recycled, re-purposed or reused materials, it is possible not only to create art, but further to create something out of that with was once rendered as nothing. Order from chaos, a puzzle from the pieces, a message from the fragment, a key to the cipher…



Highly motivated and adaptive freelance artist using mediums including but not limited to: newspaper collage, oil paints, acrylic paints, spray paints, colored pencil, ink and permanent marker in an effort to make pop culture based art that comments on society.  Art frequently consists largely or reused and recycled items including newspapers, book pages, plastic, electrical wire & conduit, cardboard, old doors and vinyl records.



More than ten years experience in collage-based art with a background in drawing & painting.  Other areas of skill include live band and industrial photography as well as tattoo design.  Able to mix different artistic mediums to create works of art that cross physical boundaries.



Explorations: New works by New artists September 2010 The Art Center, Highland Park, IL (2nd place)




Newspaper Collage August 2012, John Burks.  Commissioned to create a newspaper collage based on the Obama campaign and 2008 Election.


Newspaper Collage August 2012, Cory Roop.  Commissioned to create a freelance interpretation of the “Absurdity of Religion” using collage as a medium.


Newspaper Collage January 2012, Amanda Van Heck.  Commissioned to create a Blackhawks themed Chicago Flag newspaper collage.


Mixed Media Sculpture 2011, DJ Pa-Vinyl.  Commissioned to create a replica of a club DJ for Chicago-based musician DJ Pa- Vinyl out of electrical conduit, LP’s , 45’s, and I-Pads


Oil Painting 2011, Top Mouse Comics, Commissioned to create a limited edition cover for Nemeton, the second comic book in a series of four.


Custom Collage 2011, Cory Roop.  Commissioned to create a newspaper collage with mixed media depicting the city of Chicago in a post- apocalyptic state.


Custom Collage 2010, Charles Berman.  Commissioned to create a newspaper collage based on the Chicago flag, depicting the key aspects of the city and its culture.


Custom Large scale Collage 2010, Ben Willocks.  Commissioned for custom, large scale newspaper collage depicting the American flag.


Custom Large scale Collage 2010, Chris Cochico.  Commissioned for custom, large scale newspaper collage depicting an Octopus under water.


Performance Photography 2009, Mr. Russia (Band).  Live shots taken at the Metro, Chicago December 2009


Performance Photogprahy, Punchline (Band).  Live shots taken at the Metro, Chicago June 2009


Tattoo Design 2009, Brian Van Heck. Custom tribal tattoo design.


Performance Photography 2008, Mr. Russia (Band).  Live shots taken at the Empty Bottle, Chicago Dec. 2008


Performance Photography 2008, The Get Go (Band).  Live shots taken at Angels & Kings, Chicago Dec. 2008


Performance Photography 2008, Punchline (Band). Live shots taken at the Metro, Chicago November 2008


Custom Oil Painting 2007, Jeremy Loveless.  Commissioned for custom oil painting displaying a montage of rock album covers featuring Guns N’ Roses, Lamb of God & Metallica,


Custom Oil Painting 2007, Charles Gatz.  Commissioned for custom oil painting displaying a montage of rock album covers by the band Nightwish.



Recent Exhibits

Kyle Van Heck participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 New & Selected Works
Evanston Public Library
Dec, 2013 New & Selected Works
Buzz Cafe
Sep, 2013 New & Selected Works
Sway Dance Studio
Apr, 2013 New & Selected Works
The Green Lady
Sep, 2012 Citizens For Greener Evanston 4th Annual Green Arts Show
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
Aug, 2012 Explorations: New Works by New Artists
The Art Center - Highland Park
Click here to see all exhibits for Kyle Van Heck
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