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Joshua Liner Gallery (NYC) Debuts at SCOPE Basel 10
Featured Artist: Kris Kuksi, Mixed-Media Sculptures
June 15–19, 2010
New York, May 25, 2010—Joshua Liner Gallery will make its debut presentation at SCOPE Basel 10, to be held
June 15–19 in the city’s historic Kaserne, located just blocks from Art Basel 41 running concurrently. The gallery
will be among 85 international exhibitors showcased during the 4th annual SCOPE Basel event. To mark this
special occasion, Joshua Liner will present gallery artist Kris Kuksi in a solo exhibit of mixed-media sculptures.
About the Artist
The Kansas-based Kris Kuksi is something of a contradiction: his thoroughly contemporary practice displays a
deep nostalgia for “old world” aesthetics. Throughout his mixed-media assemblages, gods and monsters
mingle with historical figures, toy soldiers, nudes, and animals amid miniature landscapes of scaffolding, train
tracks, refineries, and plumbing, all resembling decorative bric-a-brac in tiny form.
For the Joshua Liner Gallery presentation at SCOPE Basel, Kuksi will unveil seven new mixed-media works,
including the assemblage entitled Napoleonic Exile. This 24-x-24-x-10-inch sculptural work is crowned by a
three-dimensional rendering of the emperor taken from the painting Napoleon Crossing the Alps (1800), the
Jacques-Louis David portrait of Napoleon famously astride a horse. Sprouting nuts and bolts and all manner
of pipes and circuitry, this large central figure dominates a multi-tiered scene of ruinous ecstasy in chains, with
cyborgian combinations of human, animal, and machine parts. It’s a mechanistic conception of imperialism
translated down to the cellular.
Resonant with the times, Kuksi is a scavenger of pop-cultural castoffs. His intricate assemblages combine
mass-produced “junk”—toy soldiers, plastic skulls, knick-knack figurines, and mechanical bits—into rococo
tableaux with the air of neoclassicism. But unlike the idealistic fantasies depicted in art of the Belle Époque,
Kuksi exposes the dark, crass, even mercenary underbelly of civilization. Reflecting the artist’s ambivalence
about contemporary culture, ornate beauty and horrific excess are kept in an uneasy truce. As the artist notes,
“I get inspired by the industrial world, the rigidity of machinery…My art speaks of potentiality and motion
attempting to reach on forever and yet pessimistically delayed…I treat morbidity with a sympathetic touch.”
Born in 1973 in Springfield, Missouri, Kris Kuksi earned his BFA and MFA in Painting at Fort Hays State
University and lives and works in Hays, Kansas. Solo exhibitions of his work include Beast Anthology and
Imminent Utopia, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2009, 2008); Oblivion (with Richard Kirk), Strychnin Gallery,
Berlin (2007); The Strange and The Fantastic, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO (2004); and The Within,
Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC (2003). Selected group exhibitions include Paradise Lost, Williamsburg Art and
Historical Center, Brooklyn (2008); and Flights of Imagination, Museum HR Giger, Gruyères, Switzerland (2006).
About SCOPE Basel 10
Now in its fourth year, SCOPE Basel 10 will take place in Basel’s historic Kaserne, the art show’s new high-profile
venue for the next three years. Known today as a popular venue for contemporary music, theater, and dance,
the Kaserne is located just blocks from Art Basel 41, which will be running concurrently with SCOPE.
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, SCOPE Basel’s new home provides 16,500 square feet for galleries,
presenting solo and thematic group shows alongside museum-quality programming, collector tours,
screenings, and special events. The unique SCOPE experience expands this year in partnership with Kaserne’s
cultural organizations, featuring film, music, theater, and performance. The fair opens to Press and VIPs on
Tuesday, June 15. For more information about SCOPE Basel 10, see www.scope-art.com.
About the Gallery
Founded in 2008 in New York’s Chelsea Arts District, Joshua Liner Gallery presents an exciting roster of
established and emerging artists from North America, Asia, and Europe. With a fresh focus on painting, these
eclectic voices are informed by the urban street, Asian pop culture, American comics, and digital design,
among other influences. Their work ranges from figurative realism, to surrealist fantasy, to geometric
abstraction. The artists of Joshua Liner Gallery are at the cutting edge of contemporary art practices,
incorporating new media technology, mixed-media sculpture, and collective models of production. Above all
they reflect the cultural crosscurrents, dynamic energy, and decentralized nature of artmaking today. With two
discrete exhibition areas under one roof, the gallery presents artists in paired solo shows and full-gallery
exhibitions, with additional group shows in winter and summer. Along with its annual program of exhibitions,
Joshua Liner Gallery also participates in SCOPE Miami and other contemporary art fairs.
For more information, please visit www.joshualinergallery.com, or contact Tim Strazza at 212.244.7415 or