I love Kris Kuksi creations and that’s why I would like to share with you his point of view in appreciation of his work.
Find below very interesting interview with Kris Kuksi and get inspired with his great humor also!
How and why did you get into the Artistic Industry? Where did you study, etc?
I was born an artist! By age 5 I knew it was my calling. Although, around 2nd grade in school, I wanted to be president of the United States when I grew up. But by 3rd grade I was back to the artist life path. I loved drawing pictures of brains, man just to get the wicked wrinkles was really hard, but I could draw brain drawings quite well by 3rd grade but I really grossed out my friends and family haha. I studied art in college getting a BFA and MFA in painting at a small university in Hays Kansas but I have since been mostly a sculptor of sorts. In the years 2001 to 2006 I learned old master painting techniques in Europe at various locations. It’s the sort of egg tempura oil glaze layer by layer method, so Albrecht Durer-like stuff. And yes in terms of etc.: I do have other hidden talents, such as solo guitar virtuoso 80’s metal level. wingwinwginwginwginwginginging!!!!
How would you describe your art style? How varied are your creations? Do you have a signature touch with it?
I never like to describe a style so much as it just becomes a ‘label’, but humans are fixated upon ‘labels’ so I guess the style is like a neo-Baroque, neo-Victorian of sorts. I think my signature touch is the technique of painting my sculptural works into a quasi-marble/stone weathered opera of texture but I suppose I’m bypassing all the building part of it which has a particular indication of ‘touch’, like a aesthetic means of placement and composition.
What do you love about being an artist
Not working for anyone else that’s for sure, I would have done really bad in the military but I do admire those who can do a strict daily schedule but the monotony of my parents lives constantly living by the clock just was death to me. But I just love playing with random stuff all day long and adding and subtracting objects and manipulations to just as a result to make it ‘look right’ in terms of my signature/style/technique/etc./etc. Oh and selling my works to awesome people is a bonus plus all the great people I’ve met in between. But more than anything just supporting myself and a wife and 2 children and people who work for me, that is a real bonus here. (forming tears)
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Mostly from ‘shape’ and by a shape meaning the idea of what it could ‘do’ visually with other ‘shapes’. If I want a Kitschy rooster statue, then what would look good with it or what if I removed something from it and added something else? Then I may decide a tank turret looks good in place of the rooster’s head and therefore it becomes: ‘Reinhard von Howitzercock’ and so it goes with that process. But everything else getting there certainly includes: life, psychology, sex, death, goats, sheeps, war, anger, rage, flowers, power, control, emotional baggage, more roosters, people, more sex, and more sex, and maybe another goat all collected into my micro detailed sculptures. Almost everyone loves details, if they don’t I shall judge them harshly haha, just kidding.
What are some of your most popular creations? Tell us a bit about some of your works and what you love about them. What’s your favorite and why?
The church tank is probably my most famous icon, it is simple and clever and gets people talking. I really loved thinking of that idea nearly 11 years ago and I am about to do number 14 in the series. That tank with never die haha! I do love creating the works yet I always hate finishing them, I’d rather just live in perpetual motion of creation and building. That is where my passion is, but finishing them really makes for a disconnect that forces me to get the completed pieces out to the show or collector so I can live in the creative realm with new works. Not sure my favorite piece is, maybe ‘Ode to Herculaneum’ from 2010. That piece just came together in a storm of passion and flow. Much like driving a fast car down the highway dodging tumble weeds and opossums.
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
I have a solo show in LA at Mark Moore gallery that opens November 15th. New works, new vision, new ideas. You will be entertained.
What are your professional dreams/goals?
Getting my works into museum collections is always a goal but I think just reaching out to people who are very cool and extraordinary and strange is the perk to my job, and that makes it all worth in the dream of my works. It’s nice to cross paths with other artists as well, it is such an amazing experience getting to know my ‘breed’ out there.
Describe yourself in three words.
Grounded, witty, and creative. Or: fast-thumbed, half-serious, and anti-celery could answer your question a little better perhaps.
Find also previous post about his work HERE.