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Amazing art by Kris Kuksi. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye (26 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Also at beinArt and ArtofImagination with an artist's statement and basic bio.

His Oblivion, Lost Worlds now on exhibit at the DC Art Festival, Strychnin Gallery.

Interview with him and an image of his church tank at the bottom of the page. His MySpace.

His art on SurrealismNow. My previous post about Jon Beinart's art and sites.
posted by nickyskye at 5:28 PM on April 27, 2007

Wow. H.R. Giger has officially been put out to pasture.

This stuff is wonderfully disturbing.
posted by Pastabagel at 5:55 PM on April 27, 2007

[jaw hits floor, thuds]
posted by adamrice at 6:03 PM on April 27, 2007

I'm sorry I missed your previous post about Beinart's site.

This painting by Peter Gric immediately reminded me of this one by Michael Whelan, a brilliant artist in his own right, though from a generation before.
posted by Pastabagel at 6:04 PM on April 27, 2007

Love it, thanks nickyskye
posted by doctor_negative at 6:17 PM on April 27, 2007

This is great stuff but comparing it to Giger? Apples & Oranges. Or maybe... grapefruit.
posted by ZachsMind at 6:43 PM on April 27, 2007

Hey, now that's pretty awesome. Thanks for the link!
posted by JHarris at 7:14 PM on April 27, 2007

Amazing, thank you for the link.
posted by Demogorgon at 7:21 PM on April 27, 2007

Wow. When I saw "Amazing art", I though yeah right, sure. I was pleasantly surprised at how cool this is. Thanks.
posted by Eekacat at 7:36 PM on April 27, 2007

posted by Count at 7:55 PM on April 27, 2007

yep. i am amazed.
posted by tarantula at 8:07 PM on April 27, 2007

Those sculptures are incredible. I once knew a guy who would sketch like this. The detailed images would just sort of come out without any intention or direction on his part. He would just tune into the gestalt of something and all its itinerant pieces would kind of come into focus for him.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:50 PM on April 27, 2007

ZachsMind writes: This is great stuff but comparing it to Giger? Apples & Oranges.

Hmmm, I thought of Giger instantly upon seeing that first sculpture. And I noted on Kuksi's site that he has an upcoming show at the "HR Giger Museum-Chateau" in Switzerland, so there must be others who see the connection as well...

Thanks for the post, nickyskye: this is exactly the kind of art that I'd probably never discover if it weren't for MeFiers like you!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:37 PM on April 27, 2007

So awesome, thanks nicky!
posted by jonson at 10:32 PM on April 27, 2007

oh YAYY, pleased you guys thought it's amazing too. His finely detailed sculptures blew my socks off. His site, under the Kris Kuksi link, is worth exploring. It was frustrating not to be able to comfortably zoom closer in on any image and I hunted for details. The best I could find was the SurrealismNow link (nsfw). I like the political aspect of his work, like the ones titled The Anonatomy of War, House of Fascism or Mary Militia.

Kuksi does list HR Giger in his Links page.
posted by nickyskye at 10:36 PM on April 27, 2007

He's amazing... cheers.
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:30 AM on April 28, 2007

posted by fungible at 6:35 AM on April 28, 2007

*Anatomy of War...Anonatomy is an interesting typo though. :)
posted by nickyskye at 7:19 AM on April 28, 2007

Stuff that great makes my brain hurt. How great would it be to have a super-hi-res photo of his stuff with Google-Maps-style navigation?
posted by Rock Steady at 7:51 AM on April 28, 2007

Yes! That's what I want with this art. Thanks for articulating that Rock Steady.
posted by nickyskye at 9:59 AM on April 28, 2007

Any idea who painted? Like school student, executive, etc.?
posted by mesmerx at 10:37 AM on April 28, 2007

mesmerx, it's Kris Kuksi who painted.
posted by nickyskye at 11:56 AM on April 28, 2007

I want to know what his tools and methods are. Did i miss anything?
posted by gorgor_balabala at 1:28 PM on April 28, 2007

I want to know what his tools and methods are. Did i miss anything?

Good point gorgor_balabala, I was curious about that too. All I could find was in the interview linked that says"When painting I use acrylic, with a systematic process of thin layer applications. Sculpture could be seen as done the same way, just different materials."

On his painted works there's simple info, like "Acrylic on Gessoboard" but on his "Fantastic Realism" and "The Grotesque" scuptures it only says "Mixed Media". I'm dying to know how the hell he made them. Is it plaster, plastic, toy pieces, bone, metal, what? Or an assemblage all of those? Couldn't find anything about the work in detail. No doubt as his work is better known there will be more info available. you could, of course, drop him an email and ask him directly.
posted by nickyskye at 2:32 PM on April 28, 2007

My guess is that he just uses stuff he finds: like toy soldiers, model kits, bones, figurines etc., and makes a sculpture collage out of them.
posted by Count at 3:03 PM on April 28, 2007

Hello. We just Interviewed Kris Kuksi on our blog.
posted by JonBeinart at 9:53 PM on May 14, 2007

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