exhibition

Genetically Modified Bouquet

  • August 29, 2019
Genetically Modified Bouquet

This work is a hybrid of photography, painting, sculpture, collage, digital construction and ikebana. It’s a genetically modified bouquet, a handmade jpeg of a flower arrangement… Time is also spliced in this work, the 19th and 21st centuries. A camera-less photographic technique from 1842 (which uses the sun expose the image) is used along with digital and biotech strategies to create the image. Discrete visual genes from within the work, along with pictorial DNA from separately created works, are spliced together to create something new. Though the work arrives at a fixed state after...

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In A Myriad of Ages It Will Not Be Exhausted

  • August 6, 2019
In A Myriad of Ages It Will Not Be Exhausted

If from a stick a foot long you every day take the half of it, in a myriad of ages it will not be exhausted. -Mohist School of Names (China, 479 BCE) The work is continuously destroyed This painting is cut in half every ten years. Each division makes it a new artwork, and starts the clock on its next destruction. The original state becomes unknown,  as the smaller and smaller pieces are placed in new positions.  All future states are also unknown, existing as probabilities, potentials, or impossibilities. (Ink dropped in a cup of water cannot be unstirred.) Now or never Each painting can only...

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Installation as Tsunami (CRISPR SCULPTR v.XI)

  • April 21, 2019
Installation as Tsunami (CRISPR SCULPTR v.XI)

Artwork as tsunami, ice age, desert dunes, mud slide, rising sea level. Art as anthropocene. Sculptures submerged by an encroaching installation (an iteration of CRISPR SCULPTR installation done Banff Centre).  The installation moves, over weeks, through a group exhibition or institutional collection, around and through other works, inexorable. This iteration only exists in relation to other works. It frames, enhances, barricades other work. Artwork as migration. Seen in terms of migration, the work creates treaties, negotiations, agreement, communication,  compromises, solutions re: borders,...

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Collage

  • March 22, 2019
Collage

For the record, a survey of my early collages, and their evolution till today. The paper ones were made and exhibited in Tokyo, LA, Toronto. The series (style) began in 1987. The concept came fully-formed in a daydream while sitting at Shinjuku station: slice images to strip them to their core information, and then interleave the images to compress them into dense meanings. It also enabled works using disparate material and juxtapostions of ideas to visually cohere. I have always described these as having a visual rhyme scheme, A/B/A/B/C/C.   Poetry, music, and DNA. Most carefully composed,...

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Projects Overview

  • June 29, 2017
Projects Overview

Various projects, now as separate pages. Page 1 is new works, ideas in progress, and painting series; 2 is singular works on aluminum, 3 is installations, 4 is early recombinants.  The Blog has the best overview of everything. PAGE 1 - PAGE 2 - PAGE 3 - PAGE 4  

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What An Artist Does

  • April 20, 2017
What An Artist Does

IMAGE: recombinant sculpture; resequenced paintings; palimpsest series, and brand new series UPDATE:  I spent 70hrs/week for 6 weeks at an art residency, a CRISPR SCULPTR, this painting-as-sculpture-as-installation-as-function ... artwork as endurance sport, as improvisational music, as gene-edited... here's some images of the recombinant work: See here for many other  Projects Every so often someone asks me "What do you do everyday?". I'm surprised at people's surprise at how much there is to do as an artist -- I suppose the romantic idea of just making stuff whenever 'inspired'...

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Developing

  • March 14, 2017
Developing

Click HERE to see works in development: miraging sculptures, accreting installations, evolving exhibitions. (Contact for passwords). See also the bottom of the  Art page for another link to Developing works.  

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Collectors, Instagram, Casual, Instant

  • March 29, 2016
Collectors, Instagram, Casual, Instant

Here's a grid grab from Instagram of some works at collectors' (Italy, Canada, a yacht); a couple shots of a public installation; some studio  context shots and naturesque photos. I use IG for quicker, more casual shots of work, gifs, videos of work, shots of ideas, inspriations, along with some photography. (Never selfies, tho.) Follow me here on Instagram: @___k___i___a___ See artworks by K.I.A. as installed at various collector's at THIS POST

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Remixing, sampling, scratching, looping paintings & sculptures

  • February 21, 2016
Remixing, sampling, scratching, looping paintings & sculptures

(Scroll down for many images of remixed, intermixed, disrupted and distributed paintings & sculptures, incl. some text on the origin and ideas-behind, including reviews. Also see Statement) GLOBE & MAIL K.I.A.’s latest work, Acceleration/Still is a giant, wasp’s-nest-shaped painting/sculpture combo that references butterfly wings, fuselages and airplane blueprints, via over 300 painted panels. As the weeks progress, the object will grow, change shape and re-combine  TORONTO STAR Remix Music, Why Not Art?  K.I.A. is about art-making, music-making and idea-spinning,...

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upSTEPPA

  • January 24, 2016
upSTEPPA

"upSTEPPA" from the laser palimpsest series. Complex code/info bas relief and multimedia on aluminum. 48" x 24". As installed at collector's. Different angle showing more of the sub/texture:

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