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Artitechture

  • February 14, 2018
Artitechture

This work is a 12' high ephemeral architectonic palimpsest, a crystalline tornado poem, an optically shifting spaceship skyscraper, a bas-relief diagonal tower of babel. Future iterations will be even bigger -- 30' high or long (on the ground), painting as monumental architecture. (And art as physical & mental challenge -- ephemeral does not equal effortless.  Art as intense sport, as Sisyphean marathon.) As it is done directly on the wall, it can only be experienced in one location. And as all walls eventually come down, it's lo-fi high beauty that can only be experienced for a moment...

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CRISPR SCULPTR

  • November 6, 2017
CRISPR SCULPTR

This work consists of large paintings distributed (into a sculpture (that is a recombinant installation (that is a function))). Stage one (all the images below) is done; later stages are to be created in site-specific locations nationally and globally over the next few years, the work accreting to an enormous size... VORTEX 35' dia. Its multivalent presentation modes [SEE IMAGES BELOW] enables it to explore many ideas. The sculpture is a mutable metaphor,  a hackable technology, a language or a system or an open function for divining insight. Abstract ideas experienced concretely...

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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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Art at Collector’s

  • March 5, 2017
Art at Collector’s

A survey of sold works across different series, all sizes, in situ in diverse locations (lobbies, yacht, offices, mansions, condos...); see the Projects page for bigger images.  

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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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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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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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