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Kyle Van Heck

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Blood Money, 2013 Newspaper Collage, Oil Paint, Acrylic Paint, 48x72 © 2013
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Bleeding From the Eyes, 2013 Newspaper Collage, Oil Paint, Spray Paint 24x46 © 2013
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Mohawk, 2013 Newspaper Collage 36x48 © 2013
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Lucky 7, 2013 Newspaper Collage 12x12 © 2013
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Missing, 2013 Collage 12x12 © 2013
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Free Speech, 2013 Newspaper Collage 12x12 © 2013
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Swallow Your Pride, 2013 Newspaper Collage 12x36 © 2012
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Power Hungry, 2013 Newspaper Collage 10x20 © 2013
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In The Eye of the Beholder, 2013 Newspaper Collage and Oil Paint 10x20 © 2013
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Untitled, 2013 Newspaper Collage 10x20 © 2013
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Untitled, 2005 Newspaper Collage 36 X 36 X 1.5 Inches © Kyle Van Heck 2010
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Newspaper Collage 36x60 in © Kyle Van Heck 2010
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Oil Paint and Psray Paint
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Oil Paint 12x12 12x12
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Spray Paint and News Paper 18x22
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Newspaper Collage © Kyle Van Heck 2010
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Newspaper and Sprat Paint
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Newspaper and Spray Paint © Kyle Van Heck 2010
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Untitled , 2011 Collage 36x60 Inches © 2011 Kyle Van Heck
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selected works , 2011 Mixed Media Collage © Kyle Van Heck 2011
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Search & Destory, 2011 Newwspaper, Spray Paint, Oil Paint 36x36 © 2012
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Intervention, 2011 Newspaper Collage, Spray Paint, Oil Paint 26x36 Inches © 2012
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Pixels, 2010 Newspaper Collage 26x38 © 2012
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Untitled, 2011 Collage 12x12 © 2012
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Terrorist / Savior, 2010 Newspaper Collage & Spray Paint 60x108 Inches © 2012
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American Flag #3 The BP Crisis , 2010 Newspaper Collage 36x60 Inches © 2012
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Untitled, 11-1-20010 Mixed 36 X 36 X 1.5 Inches © 2012
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Fuming, 2013 Newspaper Collage 12x12 © 2013
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Jackpot, 2013 Newspaper Collage 12x12 © 2013
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In the Eye of the Beholder, Power Hungry & Untitled 2013, 2013 Newspaper Collage, Oil Paint 10x20 Inches Each © 2013
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Blood Money, 2013 Newspaper Collage, Oil Paint, Acrylic Paint 48x72 © 2013
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We The People, 2013 Newspaper Collage 12x12 Inches © 2013
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American flag #1, 2010 Newspaper Collage 36x60 Inches © 2010
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Untitled, 2004 Oil 24x36 Inches © 2004-2013
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pixles, 2010 Newspaper Collage 24x36 © 2010-2013
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago
Birth year
1984
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
North Central College Naperville, 2007, BA
Tags
collage-assemblage, collage, mixed-media, installation, pop, modern, photography, graffiti/street-art
Statement

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…

 

Profile:

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.

 

Skills:

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.

 

Awards:

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

 

Commissions:

 

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.