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Friday, March 6, 2009

Interview with master sculptor Kris Kuksi

Well yet another night of stumbleing around the net has exposed me to another mind blowing artist, Kris Kuksi. His works are a very organic nightmare landscape. I find his sculptures to be extremely attracting, everytime you look you see something you missed before. I know each of you will love this mans style and imagination.

When did you first realize your passion for art?
KK: At a very young age, as far back as I could remember. My grandmother had some typing paper laying around so I would grab them and scribble all over.

How would you describe your style in your own words?
KK: My style is blending the old world with the new. A sort of hellish world filled with beasts and demons with a touch of classical influence.

Where or have you formerly studied art?
KK: I have two degrees in Painting from a small university here in Kansas, and I also studied old master painting techniques in Florence and Austria a few years ago. But as far as sculpture, it has all been my own explorations and learning. It truly has been a journey that includes engineering knowledge as well as many challenges.

What is your favorite medium, sculpting, painting, graphite etc and why?
KK: I enjoy them all, however, I do enjoy sculpture the most because I am builder more than anything. Painting is more of a special time, I only do it when I really feel relaxedand calm which hardly ever happens!

Your sculptures are mind blowing. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
KK: Mostly from books and museums that include old European art collections. However, I do enjoy large industrial structures such as refineries and skyscrapers. I love thesesorts of objects with a lot of confusion and detail, piping and layering. I admire the symmetry of many temples and cathedrals, especially the temples of India

What artist would you say has had the most impact on you as an artist while you were learning?
KK: H.R. Giger was perhaps the most significant though I had only seen his work in books. Ernst Fuchs was another artist who had an impact on me as well--artists andothers that I had been exposed to while I was studying in art school.

Which of your own pieces would you say you have gotten the most satisfaction out of completing and why?
KK: Imminent Utopia by far because it was such a huge project both with time and size. When it was completed there were thousands of pieces that comprised the wholething. It was impossible to have counted the parts and hours involved. The completion time took about a month more than expected.

Tell us about some of your accomplishments as an artist.
KK: Well I've been both in over a hundred exhibitions as well have landed several magazine features world wide. Another thing I am happy about are that many of my pieceshave been purchased by prominent collectors and celebrities. So all in all I've done a lot already in a short time and the exciting thing is that there are things still unfolding. I'm 36 now and have many years ahead.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
KK: The American architect Louis Sullivan because of his design sense and the skill at which he was able to apply his creations to be built and celebrated. He could add themost elaborate addition to the dullest and most boring looking building and it all looked good.

Now if you would pick 3 of your own favorite pieces and provide links.
KK: A New Divinity is my top favorite: It sums up what I feel about art and the world in general.

The Deadly Sins is the second: The vices of man are all accounted for in this wonderful diorama.

And Imminent Utopia is the third: The place where I want to live after I have been shrunk down to an inch tall.