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Armature, Cathedrals, and Controlled Chaos

by Allison Geller
If military and religious history came together and exploded in fanciful pieces of art, Kris Kuksi’s sculptures could well be the result. In Revival, his latest solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery, nine sculptures from this year come to life. While Kuksi also works in paint, charcoal, and graphite, it’s his surreal sculptures that have made his name. Kuksi has been creating mixed-media assemblages in the Revival vein since 2006, using toys, pieces from modeling kits, and other found objects. One central figure, usually a deity, dominates the scene. Cherubs, skulls, Western and Eastern... [more]
Posted by Allison Geller on 12/28/13
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Allegorical Assemblages

by Lori Zimmer
The latest collection of Kris Kuksi’s epic mixed-media assemblages have opened at Chelsea’s Joshua Liner Gallery. Fusing his signature style of Neo-Baroque with space-age futurism, the pieces in Triumph challenge ideologies of religion, mythology, extravagance and worship. For this exhibition, Kuksi has moved beyond his fantastical and elaborate sculptures, bringing photo-realistic painting and large-scale installation into his kingdom. Ranging from concisely small to overwhelmingly larger-than-life, each piece in Triumph could occupy the viewer for virtually hours. From top to tip, a mass of int... [more]
Posted by Lori Zimmer on 3/17/12
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Creature Comforts

by Natalie Hegert
Tiffany Bozic’s take on the natural world, and her methods for realizing it, is in extreme counterpoint to Kim Dorland’s. Whereas Dorland represents a variant of "extreme painting," with massive panels supporting thousands of tubes of paint and weighing up to 300 pounds, Bozic's application of paint is watery, thin and translucent, revealing the grain of the maple panel. Instead of a soundtrack of Slayer, with Tiffany Bozic's work, you should be hearing Kate Bush. Bozic, a San Francisco-based artist and Fecal Face darling, is known for her detailed renderings of delicate organisms: plants, flowers... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 11/14/10
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Remarkable Maturation of A Former Collective Member

THERE'S ALWAYS A CONFLICT when an artist starts out from a collective of peers that, well, "collectively" work, and then moves on to build a solo career. It's true in music, theatre groups, and it's also true in fine art. The newly independent artist struggles to find her or his own voice, while the remaining members of a group can't help but feel left behind, even if they achieve their own success regardless, especially when the former partner walks alright on her or his own feet. Since her departure from Faile, Aiko Nakagawa, who began her artist career as a founding member of the collectiv... [more]
Posted by LifeIsButter on 4/20/09