Joshua Liner Gallery Presents: David Ellis and Kris Kuksi “Go West” At Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City, CA)
Posted on July 11, 2012
David Ellis Busted Plume 2012 (Image © courtesy of the gallery)
Opening Saturday, July 14th at Mark Moore Gallery, Go West will feature concurrent solo exhibits by David Ellis and Kris Kuksi. David Ellis will present a recent kinetic sound installation, Busted Plume (shown above), which was previously exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Ellis will also be exhibiting sculpture, paintings, and his “motion painting” video works. Kris Kuksi will debut new mixed media assemblage works, including The Arousal of De-evolution (shown below) as well as the Churchtank Type 9 bronze.
Following GO EAST – the first incarnation in a two-part “gallery swap” project with Joshua Liner Gallery (NY) – Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to announce GO WEST: David Ellis and Kris Kuksi, featuring two concurrent solo exhibitions curated by Joshua Liner. While the show makes for Ellis’ third solo exhibition in Los Angeles, it will be Kuksi’s first local solo presentation of new work.
Drawing upon a formative childhood in a musical household, David Ellis composes syncopated rhythms, playful scores, and intricate beats with the most homespun of resources. Trash bags, empty paint pans, and crumpled papers shudder, crunch, and rustle in a meticulously programmed arrangement that emulates Ellis’ fondness for the authenticity of hip hop and improvisation of jazz. Showcasing his belief in the musical “flow” present in all aspects of daily life, 2011’s “Busted Plume” (previously exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego) stages an audible but unassuming performance born of painstakingly placed springs, wires, and solenoids within a standard municipal trash can. Similarly, Ellis’ large-scale paintings feature the reoccurring presence of uninhibited motion as black swaths of paint bob and weave their way through an amalgamation of quotidian images, objects, and colors; elegantly forging a cadence analogous to the artist’s aural compositions. Kris Kuksi, featured in the Project Room, is also heralded for his scrupulous craftsmanship. Rife with the chaos of man’s struggle for survival and power, Kuksi’s sculptural wall works portray apocalyptic dioramas. Elaborate scenes of industrial-meets-Old-World pandemonium present miniature soldiers, skeletons, animals, factories, and military structures wreaking havoc in otherworldly ruins. Ornate in his depiction of “the fallacies of Man,” Kuksi’s three-dimensional works are not simply replicas of fantasy, but rather shape a macabre likeness to our ultimately futile quest for accumulation.
For additional information on this exhibition please contact Mark Moore Gallery.
Mark Moore Gallery
5790 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
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