text art

US VS US

  • June 24, 2020
US VS US

"US VS US", K.I.A. 202o Oilstick on paper. 12 x 9" Edition of 10. Inquire for pricing (stepped). Larger versions to come..

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LOVE, LOOT

  • June 6, 2020
LOVE, LOOT

Sign of the Times. Wall Street to Main Street. Verb, noun. Admonition? Imperative?  Love, now Loot. Oilstick on paper, 9 x 12". Twelve made, each unique, signed, numbered verso. Variable pricing reflecting the unstable era, 1-3:$100, 4-6: $125, 7-9 $150, 10-12 $200). See it as sign of the times, or loot. Future iterations: 60"... UPDATE: 1,2 gone.     ACQUIRE: PAYPAL: SQUARE (takes credit cards): Buy now   INTERAC: info[at]nu4ya.com       ©K.I.A. 2020

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Word Works

  • May 15, 2020
Word Works

Word works, inspired by a dream where it was raining words, and as each word fell on your body, you felt it. The storm started out as a poem, then became a novel, then a library of books, a hurricane of stories and words. These are the first in this series. Each is seen as a page in a book, (smaller in size 9 x 12"), and will be numbered as such, ultimately to be exhibited in a linear sequence. The words are meant to be ineffable, speaking in tongues, language of the angels, whispers, on the edge of meaning. (other inspirations: Voynich manuscript. Cocteau Twins and Sigur Ros lyrics. The coding...

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No There There (going away away)

  • June 11, 2019
No There There (going away away)

This work has been acquired by a collector in L.A. (Fitting, as its title "No There There, No Hear Hear" is a play on words referencing Gertrude Stein's famous comment upon seeing her old neighborhood, Oakland, also in California). The work is a palimpsest, with layers and layers of shifting text, texture, information, color, and meaning. Images and video below, to show context and optical shifts. 84 x 60", oilstick on aluminium tape and vinyl on aluminium.  

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More Than

  • May 4, 2018
More Than

Metempsychosis themes meet the CRISPR series. The soul is spliced.  

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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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Divination Inclination

  • December 5, 2015
Divination Inclination

56” x 36” x 3000 nuts & bolts (Left: front view Right: back view oilstick on aluminium K.I.A. 2012 This work, which came to me fully-formed while sleeping, encapsulates my ongoing themes: it uses proletarian materials in an unusual way; it contains imagery from many eras and cultures; it has layers of veiled information; it changes -- shadows or pinpoints of light or details get revealed as you move around the work. (Even the back. Especially the back. Everyone peeks around the back.) It was also insanely labour intensive, involving hand-screwing 3000 nuts and bolts. They...

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Deadbeef Atomicraft

  • August 24, 2013
Deadbeef Atomicraft

A NSA poem, a CIA painting; a dazzle predator. The words in the poem are taken from: the NSA keyword list; use them in your emails or phone calls (or poems) and the National Security Agency will track you code-names of surveillance and other secret spy programs. Outside that lexicon, only ordinary conjunctions are used. Woven around the stanzas is the image of a circuit-board for a listening device (a “bug”). Overlaying that are the landing strips of the airport at Area 51 (where they test drones and super-secret planes).  The final layer is a reference to camouflage, in this...

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Linear Mandala

  • January 8, 2012
Linear Mandala

Linear Mandala 11, mocha, mauve. Architected nature, like a zen garden; repeating patterns that from a distance appear simple, but up close reveal more complex, like waves and wavelets where seas meet; writing, sentences across a page, not quite legible but poetically hinting at the something deeper;  math expressed in nature, shell lines and wood grains, hinting at an ordered universe (but one with wabi sabit -- beautiful glitches and imperfections.) 42” x 36”, acrylic on aluminum by K.I.A. 2009 From the ongoing series of linear code / zamboni'd line paintings. Installed...

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