(Pics) Kris Kuksi's Haunting Toy Sculptures
Kris Kuksi weaves together strange looking pieces out of old toys, statues, mechanical parts and other discarded detritus.
Sculptor Kris Kuksi weaves together strange looking pieces out of old toys, statues, mechanical parts and other discarded detritus. His haunting sculptures evoke a surreal world of ancient-looking stonework come to life.
Kuksi’s artist statement:
Born March 2, 1973, in Springfield Missouri and growing up in neighboring Kansas, Kris spent his youth in rural seclusion and isolation along with a blue-collar, working mother, two much-older brothers and an absent father. Open country, sparse trees, and alcoholic stepfather, perhaps paved the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion. His fascination with the unusual lent to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque to him, as it seemed, was beautiful. Reaching adulthood his art blossomed and created a breakthrough of personal freedom from the negative environment experienced during his youth. He soon discovered his distaste for the typical American life and pop culture, feeling that he has always belonged to the Old World. Yet, Kris work is about a new wilderness, refined and elevated, visualized as a cultivation emerging from the corrupt and demoralized fall of modern-day society. A place were new beginnings, new wars, new philosophies, and new endings exist.