If you haven’t heard of Kris Kuksi yet it’s time to leave that fallout shelter you’ve been living in; the bombs never dropped. When it comes to art incorporating skulls, this guy has created some of my favorites, such as ‘The Guardian.’
Kris takes obsessive-compulsive attention to detail to a whole new level. Check out these detail views of the piece above:
Without seeing Kris’ work in person it is hard to truly appreciate both the scale and the level of detail involved. His work requires untold hours of collecting, cutting, reshaping and manipulating thousands of individual pieces and parts to create a final work that somehow manages to look like a unified whole. It is almost a pathological condition. Here’s just a couple photos that can help:
How do you even transport something like that without breaking it? With so much tiny detail poking out at all angles, these things have to be incredibly fragile. And that very fragility is in fact part of the message in his work, as succinctly summarized on his website: In personal reflection, Kris 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.
I can’t help but be reminded of the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, in particular The Garden of Earthly Delights. While separated in time by roughly 500 years, both artists show the same attention to detail, the same fascination with the grotesque (and the grotesque can be beautiful in its own way), and the same preoccupation with religion, morality, and mortality.
And Kris does more than just his sculptures. Check out these drawings!
Kris’ work has received several awards and prizes and has been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Kris’ art can also be seen in a number of international art magazines, book covers and theatrical posters. Kris’ art is featured in both public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia that include individuals such as Mark Parker (Nike CEO), Kay Alden (three time Emmy award winning writer for Young and the Restless & Bold and the Beautiful), Fred Durst (musician, and film director), Chris Weitz (movie director The Golden Compass & Twilight: New Moon) Guillermo del Toro (movie director Pan’s Labyrinth & Hell Boy 2) and Robin Williams (Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor).
And it really goes without saying, but Kris also has an obsession with skulls. naturally we see that as a good thing around here.
Check out his website, you’ll be glad you did! And he has a gorgeous full color hardback book out through BeinArt too: