Saturday, January 30, 2010

Look Closer

It's amazing what you can find when you plug 'grotesque' into a search engine...

Today I found American artist Kris Kuksi, who was interviewed in 2007 for the Website Dark Roasted Blend in a post titled 'The Art of the Grotesque.' The Interview is short, but worth a read.

I like the personal philosophy expressed on his website:

"His fascination with the unusual lent to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque to him, as it seemed, was beautiful. Reaching adulthood his art blossomed and created a breakthrough of personal freedom from the negative environment experienced during his youth. He soon discovered his distaste for the typical American life and pop culture, feeling that he has always belonged to the ‘Old World’ [...] In personal reflection, he feels that in the world today much of mankind is oftentimes frivolous and fragile, being driven primarily by greed and materialism. He hopes that his art exposes the fallacies of Man, unveiling a new level of awareness to the viewer."

There is certainly something incredible happening in his work, as I think you will agree...

I mean... wow. I highly recommend checking out his painting, drawing and especially his sculptures.

They are made from recycled toys.

The closer you look, the more you see. My favourite kind of art.

You can find Kuksi on deviantART as well. You should totally go there right now. More wow than you can handle.

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