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Kaehne, MK
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1963 in Lithuania. Lives and works in Berlin.

MK Kaehne studies objects of everyday life and transforms them in portable items. Marked by tensions and contradictions, at first glance his “art objects” seem functional and usual, although obviously they are not supposed to be “used.” With his transportable items Kaehne addresses the idea that the contemporary man will never again be sedentary, that we are sentenced to a global nomadism, whether through diaspora, migration or tourism.

 

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Kaikkonen, Kaarina
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1952 in Finland. Lives and works in Helsinki.

Kaarina Kaikkonen is known for her large-scale, monumental installations, which are always in connection with the places where they are created. Her works communicate with the historical and spatial environment on both form and content. Made with worn and fragile materials, her installations symbolize the frailty of the human being, giving life and death a tangible presence.

 

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Kaisin, Charles
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013



Born in 1972 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels. 

Architect and designer Charles Kaisin has made recycling one of his favorite themes. His work articulates itself around the research of new materials, trying to bring a different perspective on daily objects. He works with important manufacturing companies, for whom he creates items from fine leather goods, as well as kitchenware and furniture. Next to designing objects, Kaisin works in interior design, is artistic director for fashion shows, and teaches design at the architecture school Saint-Luc in Brussels.

 

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Kallat, Jitish
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013


Born in India in 1974, he lives and works in Mumbai.

Jitish Kallat’s creations reflect a deep involvement with the city where he was born, Mumbai. The immediate urban environment inspires much of Kallat’s visual language, as he explains: “The city street is my university. One finds all the themes of life and art – pain, happiness, anger, violence and compassion – played out here in full volume.” The artist addresses socio-economical and political issues of contemporary India, as well as popular culture and media events. His works embody narratives of urban life, portraying from politicians to proletarian figures. Kallat’s works include a wide range of media such as painting, sculpture, large-scale sculpture installations, collage, photography and video art.

 


 
Kamboh, Farid Saleem
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Kuwait in 1990, he lives and works in London and Kuwait.

Farid Saleem Kamboh studied Economics, Banking and International Finance before completing a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2012. His work is in line with the Institutional Critique movement, which questions the institutions and conventions of the artworld and is most famous through the art of Marcel Broodthaers and Hans Haacke. Kamboh’s installations question the real value of an artwork and compare it to its financial value. Money is a central theme in Kamboh’s work. His art is all about the sociological and symbolical power of money : what makes money valuable aside from the faith in its value ? What is the influence of money on our daily lives, on the choices we make ?

 

 
Kapoor, Anish
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1954 in India. Lives and works in London.

Anish Kapoor's pieces frequently have pure and curved forms. He usually uses monochromatic and brightly colours. His most recent works are mirror-like, reflecting or distorting the viewer and surroundings.

 

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Kassay, Jacob
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 
"
Inner Journeys" april - june 2013
 
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1984 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Jacob Kassay is a multimedia artist and his practice includes painting, works on paper, film, installation, and collaborative projects. His training is in photography and he has translated many of the medium’s essential techniques and concepts into his painting practice.

 

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Kawahara, Naoto
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Tokyo in 1971, he lives and works there.

Originally trained as an industrial designer, Naoto Kawahara switched to painting while living in Italy. In Florence, he learned to paint in the classical Western tradition, a tradition that’s completely foreign to his own culture. Kawahara paints portraits of young, naked women, whose porcelain skin and absent-minded look are shrouded in mystery. If the poses of these women appear familiar to Western eyes, it’s because they are inspired by masters of Western painting like Balthus, Magritte, Van Gogh or Degas. By mixing together Japanese canons of beauty with Western masterpieces, the artist questions the archetypes and concepts of beauty present in both cultures.

 

 
Kay, Emma
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1961 in England. Lives and works in London.

Conceptual artist Emma Kay examines the subjective nature of knowledge and memory, as well as the systems that we use to perceive them, to store them and have access to them. Writing is inherent to her work; she reconstructed monumental publications from memory – like the bible and all Shakespeare’s plays – or recounted a history of the world, from the big bang until the turn of the millennium in 1999. “Kay’s projects might seem quixotic, but this is only because she actually takes on the impossible task set by our culture: to embody, personalize, and authenticate the operation of memory, and at the same time master the totality of encyclopedic knowledge. By acting out these contradictory ideals, she shows that it is only when we take the normative fictions of our culture for real that their discrepancies become manifest,” explains art critic Jan Verwoert.

 


 
Kcho
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012


Born in Cuba in 1970, he lives and works in Havana.

The theme of isolation and the need for communication with the rest of the world is essential to Kcho’s body of work. He investigates Cuban culture and traditions, creating pieces that are at once humorous and harrowing, often a combination of found objects – driftwood, twine, coffee filters, etc. Kcho stays up to date with engraving techniques while his iconography rests on repetitive elements similar to human bodies, sea and water related motifs.

 

 
Kempinas, Zilvinas
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1969 in Lithuania. Lives and works in New York.

Zilvinas Kempinas employs non-traditional materials to create active and dynamic installations. He is interested in kinetic art and experiments with the possibilities of movement. In many of his works, Kempinas uses his signature material, unwound magnetic tape. They are used like sculpted material which physical attributes are revealed: lightness, mobility and transparency. The strength and ultra-lightweight nature of tape allows him to create beguiling and seemingly contradictory physical spectacles that skilfully subvert relationships with architecture, form, and space.

 


 
Kensmil, Natasja
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1973 in the Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

History is at the core of Natasja Kensmil’s body of work. Her unsettling paintings and drawings unfold layers of colors and meanings. “My imagery of fear and of anxiousness is derived from history, religion and mythology but also from the extremism of our time,” explains the artist. “Hope, fear, pain, and the craving for power, violence, creation, and destruction are inextricably entwined, which fascinates me.”

 

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Kentridge, William
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in South Africa in 1955, he lives and works in Johannesburg.

A multidisciplinary artist, William Kentridge studied fine art before working in theater and television production in the 1970s and 1980s. He also makes collages, artist’s books, sculptures and stage designs for both theater and opera productions. He is most famous for his animated films that he creates by making a charcoal or pastel drawing, erasing part of the drawing and changing it, and then filming it again. His drawings and his films thus intertwine; representing different facets of one body of work. His drawings are characterized by their expressionist style and the influence of satirists like Honoré Daumier and Francisco de Goya. His art is also marked by social and political themes, and by life in South Africa during and after the Apartheid. Kentridge: “The activity of drawing is a way of trying to understand who we are and how we operate in the world.”

 

 
Kern, Richard
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1954 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

For more than two decades photographer and filmmaker Richard Kern has sought to unravel and illuminate the complex and often darker sides of human nature. With his dry, matter of fact approach, he underlines the absurdity of truth and objectivity in photography, while playing with our reliance upon taxonomies around sexual representation. Kern is also a writer and a regular contributor to several international publications.

 

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Kirby, John
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1949 in England. Lives and works in London.

John Kirby came to art relatively late in his life, but nevertheless he assembled an impressive body of work encompassing both painting and sculpture. His major influences are fellow artists Balthus and Edward Hopper. Kirby’s creations address themes of gender, religion, growing up, race, and sexuality. He explores his own complex relationship with each of these subject matters and at the same time he invites the viewer to reflect on everyone’s struggle to fit into social norms.

 


 
Klossowski, Pierre
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1905 in France and died in 2001.

Born in a very rich artistic and cultural environment, Pierre Klossowski demonstrated an early interest for the arts and was active as novelist, essayist, philosopher, translator, actor, draftsman, and painter. His literary and pictorial work explores mythological and allegorical content and revolves around a reflection on the tension between body and soul, the flesh and the spirit, mixing eroticism and metaphysics.

 


 
Kneebone, Rachel
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017
"ta.bu" january - march 2016
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013


Born in the Oxfordshire in 1973, she lives and works in London.

Kneebone’s intricate works address and question the human condition: renewal, transformation, life cycles and the experience of inhabiting the body. Kneebone’s sculptures operate in a near-subliminal space, oscillating and blurring the boundaries between the conscious and the subconscious, the real and the imagined, everything and nothing. Working in porcelain, the material properties of her work further heighten and convey an awareness of opposing states, appearing to be not only heavy, solid and strong but also light, fragmentary and soft. This fluid movement between states is reflective of the wide range of art historical and literary sources that inform the artist’s practice. As Ali Smith wrote, in Kneebone’s work ‘Michelangelo meets Angela Carter, the renaissance meets the contemporary, while the future simultaneously meets, melts, alters and fuses with the renaissance.’

 


 
Knorr, Karen
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1954 in Germany. Lives and works in London.

Karen Knorr works with video and installation, but is mostly known for her photographs and digital collages. Her images are marked by the realism and attention to detail. Through her work she investigates Western culture dealing with subjects relating to heritage, authenticity and art.

 

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Konaté, Abdoulaye
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in Mali in 1953, he lives and works in Mali.

Konaté combines his painting skills with installation work to comment on political and environmental affairs. Two of the major themes in his work are the encroachment of the Sahel and the impact of Aids on society and individuals. Much of his large-scale work is textile-based, a medium that is more readily available than paint and also one of West Africa’s fundamental forms of expression. The medium – soft to the touch and assembled with such care – is at odds with the brutal subject matter of the work, but the contrast lends it even more power. Furthermore, for him, color is a potent conveyor of meaning, whatever the medium.


 
Korty, David
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1971 in the USA. Lives and works in California.

  David Korty's work emerged with representations of his hometown of Los Angeles. Over the past ten years, his canvases have slowly transformed from opaque landscapes into concentrated compositions. Lines come into focus and white washed pastels turn dark and bold. The vast exteriors are narrowed until we no longer see a rolling mountain range or the skyline of a metropolis, but instead a person, a book, or the leaf of a page. Korty’s process is essential to the visual uniqueness of his work; he first captures his surroundings by photographing and then transposing and reinterpreting those scenes into his stylized versions.

 


 
Kounellis, Jannis
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1936 in Greece. Lives and works in Rome.

Painter, performance artist and sculptor, Jannis Kounellis creates artworks with a conceptual language that has its origins in the Arte Povera. In his particular interpretations of painting, he substitutes the canvas by iron plates and the paint by earth, wool, plants or found objects. In the late 1960’s he began even to use animals, alive or dead, in his works. With this striking combination of organic and inorganic elements, Kounellis defies conventional artistic structures and tries to fuse the experience of art and life. His multilayered work resumes elements of the human history and addresses tensions of the contemporary society. More recently the artist developed an increasingly architectural vocabulary, creating labyrinthine environments and manipulating the spaces of exhibition to give the audience a full experience.

 


 
Kruger, Barbara
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1945 in the USA. Lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.

With a background in graphic design, the idea of juxtaposing words and images in her artworks came naturally to Barbara Kruger. She layers found photographs with concise and meaningful texts, addressing themes such as feminism and consumerism. Kruger explores representations of power via mass-media images, appropriating their iconography and slogans to deconstruct them visually and verbally. Since the mid 1990s, the artist has diversified her practice and embraced a series of aesthetic expansions which includes working with film and audio installations.

 


 
Kuniyoshi, Utagawa
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Japan in 1797, he died in 1861.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a Japanese artist who created woodblock prints or ukiyo-e. Kuniyoshi created landscapes and portraits of Kabuki actors as well as satirical prints featuring cats. But he became famous thanks to his prints of heroes and warriors, also known as musha-e, his most popular series being One Hundred and Eight Popular Warrior Heroes from Shui-hu ch’uan (1827). Kuniyoshi was especially known for adding ghosts and dream-like sequences in his drawings, as well as integrating elements from the Western artistic tradition, like the use of light and shadow or the use of perspective in his landscapes. Additionally, Kuniyoshi was a teacher. Amongst his pupils was Yoshitoshi, who is considered as the last great master of ukiyo-e.

 

 
Kuramata, Shiro
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

 Born in 1934 in Japan and died in 1991.

Shiro Kuramata's designs reflect the confidence and creativity of post war Japan, retaining a strong identity based on traditional japanese aesthetics while breaking new ground through the use of innovative materials. Kuramata combined the japanese concept of the unity of the arts with his fascination with contemporary western culture, inventing a new design vocabulary: the ephemeral, the sensation of floating and release from gravity, transparency and the construction of light. He reviewed the relationship between form and function, imposing his own vision of the surreal and of the minimalist ideals on everyday objects.

 

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Kuri, Gabriel
"ta.bu" janaury - march 2016
"La Gioia" october - december 2014
 

Born in Mexico in 1970, he lives and works in Brussels.


The sculptures, installations, collages, and photographs of Gabriel Kuri turn everyday life into a poetic, meditative subject matter. Kuri uses common materials like receipts, newspapers, soap bands and plastic bags to create artworks that address the contemporary consumer culture and the circulation of money and information in a global economy. “Fundamentally bred from the Post-Minimalists, Kuri’s sculpture and installations push us further than superficial materiality, molded by intrinsic social and cultural constructs and complicated layers of subtlety and subversion,” explains curator Evan J. Garza.

 


 
Kuwata, Takuro
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Hiroshima in 1981, he lives and works in Japan.

Takuro Kuwata is a ceramic artist who is known for his unique designs and formal experimentation. He creates colorful pieces that often feature thick layers of dripping glaze (following the Japanese tradition of Shino-yu) or large cracks that show off multiple layers underneath. Some of his pieces look spongy, almost malleable, while others are covered in silver or gold glazes. This ‘radical potter’, who often mixes stone with clay, enjoys the unpredictability of ceramic art, as the artist never knows how a piece will emerge from the oven. In Kuwata’s own words: “I’m not trying to break the rules. I just want to apply a contemporary sensibility to pottery. I believe I can create some truly new work that reflects our time.”

 

 
Kvium, Michael
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Denmark in 1955, he lives and works in Copenhagen.

Danish artist Michael Kvium is most famously known as a painter, but his artistic practice extends to other mediums like sculpture, performance, film and set design for theater. His artworks have often been described as realistic as well as grotesque, tragicomic and grim. Indeed, Kvium’s paintings show a fascination with death, religion, and ageing. The clowns, artists, nuns and old people he paints are often monstrous and deformed. In Kvium’s paintings, humanity is laid bare, literally but also metaphorically. By painting characters who are looking the spectator straight in the eyes, the artist confronts us with our own fears, and, more generally, with our loneliness and mortality.

 

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