Unveiled Obscurity, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 32″ x 46″ x 12″.
Unveiled Obscurity, detail.
Neo-Hellenism, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 37″ x 35″ x 11″.
Intelligent Redesign, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 40″ x 50″ x 12″.
Intelligent Redesign, detail.
Expulsion, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 24″ x 32″ x 9″.
Der Ubermensch of the Post-Post World Calamity Variety, 2013. Mixed media assemblage. 54″ x 48″ x 16″. This week Kansas-based artist Kris Kuksi (previously) opened his fourth solo show, Revival, at Joshua Liner Gallery. Kuksi continues his use of ornate assemblage to create wildly complex sculptures that comment on history, life, death, and spiritual conflict. In the words of director Guillermo del Toro: “A postindustrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes. The political, spiritual, and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of remote deities and august statuary. Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit. Revival will be on view through January 18, 2014 and you can see many more pieces from the exhibition in this gallery.