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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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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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My Anjat Anjan

  • June 1, 2010
My Anjat Anjan

“My Anjat Anjan” by K.I.A., 2010, 60” x 40”. C-Print on metallic photopaper, backmounted on aluminum, facemounted on clear acrylic. 1/5. A jet engine blueprint referencing Palenque. Part of a series exploring ancient/traditional art forms paired with current technology; and broadly, the transtemporal nature of the soul... See also: injunjetenjun kabukijetenjin (Turboaragato)

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injunjetenjun

  • November 22, 2009
injunjetenjun

“injunjetenjun” by K.I.A. 2009, 60” x 40”, C-print on metallic photo paper. This series evolved while researching the “Acceleration / Still...” sculpture. Looking over hundreds of aviation blueprints and schematics, I kept seeing tribal masks. (And feel it was a glimpse of a metempsychosis -- the experience of my own past, or perhaps even future, lives.) Once again, my multi-temporal/cross-cultural/machine v. handmade themes arise... So this piece is described as a jet engine totem pole, or a Haida space shuttle. It is a blueprint of a jet engine, done in the manner of west-coast...

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Acceleration Still

  • November 6, 2009
Acceleration Still

“Acceleration still; Cocooned escapes, you, me; X-1 Papillons” Mixed media on aluminum; dimensions variable. A 2D-3D-4D Painting>Sculpture>Installation  A two-dimensional painting, hung three-dimensionally, to be reconfigured over time. The initial image is a lepidoptera wing containing a collage of hundreds of aircraft blueprints. The initial sculptural configuration is a form suggestive of a cocoon, an airplane cockpit, an aircraft engine. The  27'x16' flat painting (on 288 aluminium panels) are hung three-dimensionally  over, through, and around a metal infrastructure....

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For the Record

  • March 4, 1990
For the Record

For the record (pun intended), below is a re-re-post of earlier musings -- not theory, but experiential -- from daze of yore. Pre-web ideas behind the remix/sample/collage/recombinant art. (Later posted on my first clunky website, mid 1990's): An arrangement of works on panels, begun 1996. This iteration exhibited 2002: Example of early sliced collages with a visual A/B/A/B/CC rhyme scheme (made and exhibited in Tokyo 1988-93):   "I paint information. This is 'stored' within a unifying shape--for example, mathematical equations contained inside the form of an African...

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