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No Hear Hear, No There There

  • October 11, 2016
No Hear Hear, No There There

This work fuses the silver palimpsest series with some of my text series, as well as my linear mandala/DNA spectrogram/sliced collage approach. It's also transtemporal -- there is a complex bas-relief texture of a Victorian petit point motto that reveals beneath the 21st century material. (The reflective quality of which allows the colors in the room, or the viewer, to resolve/dissolve into the piece. It also creates a shifting or unstable optical appearance as one moves around the work, with the different textures or sections luminescing at different angles or time of day.) The text...

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na cha cha

  • September 7, 2016
na cha cha

"na cha cha" 58 x 36", as installed at collector's. This work is a chimera, or a mashup of my aluminum palimpsests and my  rawer oilstick on canvas abstracts. The detailed textured surfaces reveals in different light.

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Curator

  • June 24, 2016
Curator

Just had a two hour studio visit with a curator from the AGO,  linking the work from the early linear A/B/A/B/ collages done in Tokyo through the remxible installations and sculpture work to the digital ice graffiti, laser palimpsest and outdoor ephemeral art, to the latest genetically modified object explorations...  

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Turbine Descending A Staircase

  • May 17, 2016
Turbine Descending A Staircase

Decided to do a radical freestanding remix of the sculpture Acceleration Still. Completely spontaneous, no pre-planning and/or fabricating of interior armature, similar to how I approach my outdoor works (ya work with what ya got.) All part of my recombinant painting, sculpture, installation series, where the work is remixable, intermixable, and infinitely unfinished. The original A/S painting (original flat arrangement of the sculpture, and which will never be seen) is 27 x 16', 300 aluminum panels. This iteration actually references the interior content, which is a butterfly wing composed...

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notTango

  • March 4, 2016
notTango

Another palimpsest work, as installed at collector's. Bas-relief abstract wrapped in steel and painted. 40 x 26". A hybrid of the Rapt series, and the Shift/Drift series.

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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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Metacollage

  • December 22, 2013
Metacollage

My very early works were collage, which, after an epiphany sitting in the maelstrom of people and noise in front of Shinjuku station, went linear. (Narrow strips of images stacked and interleaved). It was a way to compress a lot of information into a small space, to add rhythm -- or rather a rhyme scheme (ABABCC, with A being one image, B being another, etc.)   It also allowed glitching of a singular image; shifting a single line left or right, or flipping one line upside down, disrupted the image enough to make any analog construction methods (xacto knife, ruler; later, rows and columns...

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Paracarta

  • October 10, 2012
Paracarta

46” x 30” x 60,000” oilstick, stainless steel thread on shaped aluminium K.I.A. 2012 The image is very colorful and detailed, but veiled in steel; only hints & glimpses of it can be seen through organic gapping in the thread pattern. More mapping. Poly-para-multi-tempo-cultural. Ancient Chinese map (the colors; orange gold red blue organic forms); Greek city (purple structures); weathered papyrus (silver shapes); sea-faring (navigation compass lines for the metal bends); Inuit coast-line recognition carvings (darker bands); Polynesian ocean wave-pattern maps (the cursive...

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<3 >|< RX

  • January 25, 2012
<3 >|< RX

"<3 >|< RX", oilstick on aluminum, 24 " x 36" x 6", 2012. Upsetting the sets...a 2D Venn diagram on 50 panels, hung 3D; iphoto'd at owner's. The idea of this commissioned piece was to show how complex our relationships and interwoven our personalities become with another over time -- starting out as something as simple as the intersection point of two circles (the initial flat image,) but evolving into something infinitely and intimately enmeshed (the three-dimensional intermixed arrangement of that initial flat image.) (See also in this 2D/3D/4D series: Accelration / Still ...

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Argent Silk Armor…

  • December 6, 2011
Argent Silk Armor…

"Ardent Silver Armor" by K.I.A., 2011, 84” x 60 x 5”, oilstick on faceted aluminum. Sometimes mentioning the background ideas open up an artwork (reading the T.S. Eliot footnotes help), sometimes it shuts it down (knowing who Damien Hirst cribbed from.) All of my work deals with the idea of multiplicity of meanings... many of which I’m consciously working on, but also a lot that get revealed later... so I’m always hesitant to explain how the rabbit was pulled out of the hat. I’d rather learn the viewer’s ideas and feelings relating to the piece... but, in-person at least,...

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