Tate Modern

Chromavirus

  • April 2, 2020
Chromavirus

Some big color for these dark times.  Chromavirus III, 16 x 14" Acrylic on archival paper on wood. This is continuing the CRISPR series of paintings. Future iterations of the below being significantly scaled up (72" +).           Like the work? You can show your support it here: paypal.me/KIAart

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Crystalline Machine Hurricane Rain

  • February 16, 2020
Crystalline Machine Hurricane Rain

This work came from a dream where it was raining words. As each drop hit your skin you felt its meaning. A storm was Shakespearean, a shower haikus. A hurricane the library of Alexandria, lived in a deluge. All the works in the series -- hybrids of painting, drawing, collage, installation and sculpture -- have very complex bas-relief forms (architectonic, crystalline, and organic) with linear and smeared color on reflective surfaces  that optically shift with the changing light of day (or season, or room), and flatten and expand in depth due to the angle of viewing.  Each painting or on-the-wall...

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Kirilian cities

  • October 23, 2019
Kirilian cities

METATROPOLIS SERIES Kirilian buildings. Architectonic coronas.Whimsical cities. Urban auras. Structures as broadcasts. Outside-the-box meta metropolis. Ongoing series (Some examples of larger works on canvas, smaller ones on paper, below) Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 48" - 2019 As they would appear installed: Scultpural versions (wall, floor): Acrylic on archival paper, 24 x 18", 2019    

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mmm skyscraper i love you

  • October 16, 2019
mmm skyscraper i love you

"mmm skyscraper i love you" - A spliced skyscraper, a volumetric painting. A three-dimensional version of the genetically modified paintings: visual genes recombined. Transient or fixed arrangements (as column, as barrier, as nodes, as radius on wall, and so on.) This version 3', wood and acrylic. Developing versions in painted steel. Installation mockup: Written sculptures (mockup):   The genetically modified paintings: Paintings, various scales: Bonus: another volumetric painting, mutable in shape; freestanding or wall scaling up to 120"+ high. Monumental...

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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. Now or never Each painting can only be seen in each physical ‘now’ of the viewer, ...

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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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Infecting installation, spliced cyanotypes & dangerous sculptures

  • April 2, 2019
Infecting installation, spliced cyanotypes & dangerous sculptures

A long, skinny painting that connects all the art in the space like a neural network. An installation that infects  the exhibition, its colorful component parts migrating over time through and around the other works, framing, enhancing, colonizing, barricading them. A massive wall painting to be decentralized over time, its 30 parts moving out globally, to flow back for exhibition every 10 years, a murmuration that builds narratives and networks over decades. A dangerous painting. An even more dangerous sculpture. A series of resequenced and genetically modified paintings. Works made with...

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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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IOTA, Art collector, K.I.A.

  • March 6, 2019
IOTA, Art collector, K.I.A.

IOTA is a distributed painting. It is a single large artwork to exist in many different locations in 30 parts. It is a decentralized painting. Each individual work (24 x 18") exists as a standalone piece, but is connected to all others via horizontal, vertical, non-linear and color elements. Each piece however, is uniquely folded (its creases like a fingerprint), utterly unique within the collective. When a single section is on the wall, one knows it is connected  something much bigger than one sees, connected globally to others across countries, cultures, class, religions, time. (Metaphor!) The...

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insider studio view

  • November 27, 2018
insider studio view

Studio views, new works, developing works, see below for some images, (fast glance video at bottom): -CRISPR installation, first time on wall (about half of it); web work (painting as drawing as sculpture as installation that connects rooms and floors, view on two sides of wall); 1/10 of recombinant cement painting/installation, as tower; -IOTA, decentralized painting (floor, table, wall) to exist as single work across large geographical area; iota sculpture (painting in 1000 parts) 2 views; -40+ works on paper, two walls -a few from the CRISPR paintings, series of spliced works -two smaller...

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