Kris Kuksi’s sculptures will haunt and excite you

These assemblages are unlike anything we’ve seen before, online or elsewhere. To look at them you would think the artist was an ancient soul, driven mad by a tragic love affair and probably with a European upbringing in the 17th century. But 39-year old Kris Kuksi comes from a blue-collar family and grew up in an isolated corner of Kansas. He’s always had an interest in the grotesque and the macabre, which led him to create his overly involved and intricate sculptures. His artist statement says that the process “requires countless hours to assemble, collect, manipulate, cut, and re-shape thousands of individual parts, finally uniting them into an orchestral-like seamless cohesion that defines the historical rise and fall of civilization and envisions the possible future(s) of humanity.” We’re guessing that it would take almost as long to study these in person as it took to make one. They often include references to iconic gods and goddesses and other imagery of the Baroque fused with pieces from our modern world. His work has received several awards and has been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. We encourage you to check out his website because what you see here is just the tip of the iceberg.

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