“A post-industrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture in asymmetric compositions with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes.The political, spiritual and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of remote deities and august statuary. Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit.”
Guillermo del Toro
for the past couple of years, i've been fascinated by kuksi's sculptures - thanks to D who first introduced me to this amazing body of spiritual intensity.
1) obsessively delicate sculpting, 2) militant, dogmatic messages to the contrary, 3) multiple microcosmic narratives within each piece, 4) solitary craftsmanship, 5) tension between smallness of human and aspiration to surpass it - a.k.a. religious.