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A tyrannical tabby rules an opulent compilation of densely layered scenes by artist Kris Kuksi

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January 15, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Tabby Tyrant” (2021), mixed media assemblage, 31 x 31 x 9 in. All images courtesy of the artist and the Joshua Liner Gallery, shared with permission

A jeweled tabby stands in front Kris KuksiThe sprawling new landscape filled with retro characters, ornate spheres, and mass-produced jewelry, all covered in a thick layer of metallic paint. The Lawrence, Kansas-based artist (previously) merges found objects into complex frieze-style assemblages interspersed with topics such as “historical narratives, biblical themes, animal worship, architecture, symbolic views on trade and development, and human psychology and behavior”.

The fantastic work entitled “Tabby Tyrant” is full of juxtapositions: individual and collective, peace and war, industrial and classical architecture as well as historical and modern. Tiny soldiers fight over a winged figure, a mouse swallows a human whole, and a team of warriors is armed with anachronistic weapons, even though every action serves the feline ruler. Each scene depicts unsettling and eerie actions and is represented by opulent, gilded tableaus.

If you’d like to see more of Kuksi’s densely layered artwork, get a copy of his book conquest and follow him on Instagram.

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