Kris Kuksi’s art speaks of a timelessness–potentiality and motion attempting to reach on forever, and yet pessimistically delayed; forced into the stillness of death and eternal sleep. He treats morbidity with a sympathetic touch and symbolizes the paradox of the death of the individual by objective personification of death. There is a fear of this consciousness because it drops in upon us without mercy, and yet there is a need to appeal to it in order to provide a sense of security, however deluded that sense may be. Kuksi’s art warns us that this appeal is irrelevant, and that we should be slow to create a need for it. His themes also teach us that although death may pursue us arbitrarily, we should never neglect to mourn the tremendous loss of individual potential.
When did you first realize that your sculptures could become a possible career path for yourself?
It was in 2006 where I first featured my sculptural works at the Lineage Gallery in Philadelphia. All four of them sold. Then I started working with some other galleries, and whatever I showed wound up selling. By the end of that year I knew these works were going to do well. What was it that has attracted you to want to be involved in this side of the arts, as apposed to being an illustrator, etc. as you're also a very talented painter? The sculptures are much more fun for me to do at the moment. It involves a lot of mechanical reasoning and, of course, both hands to create. I just feel, deep inside, I am more of a builder rather than a painter or illustrator. You've probably created hundreds of different miniature worlds in your sculptures, each more fascinating then the next. Summarize the pain staking process you go through in order to make one new and more unique then the first. What materials do you use? Is everything hand made or do you incorporate pre made parts into your pieces? This seems to be the number one question for me,--how the hell do I make this stuff? There is no real formula other than I take pre-made things, objects that need to be assembled such as model kits and other random small collectables and bring them together by cutting, shaping, and altering in some manner to come up with something and uniquely intrinsic. Then I paint them and varnish them and show them in a gallery! Would you say that sometimes your religious/political views and beliefs spill into your art work as a means of conveying a message or influencing the birth of a new character? Yeah, I suppose you could say that about my work. I come up with an iconic figure that could represents a view or belief. "The Churchtank:" is a classic and direct example. A lot of your art work consists of skulls,skeletons,war paraphernalia and other various demonic looking charachters. Is death something that is constantly on your mind and therefore showing through in your art work? Sure, it is present, however, the skulls and skeletons aren't necessarily about death entirely, but more so, they represent a living form that is operating within the activity of the composition. One way to see it, perhaps, is it has more to do with what happens in the after-world rather than death itself. Your work reminds me a lot of the game WarHammer. Where you ever a fan of it? I never got into games or role playing. I never have really used such of the figures of scenes either. Most of what I use are more directly related to historical miniatures and reproductions. What is the key to keeping your work and ideas fresh and not getting mentally or physically burnt out by what you do? Travel to Europe is a good cure to any artistic block. But I have never run out of ideas, yet it can be more of a physically demanding task to keep up with. Does music influence your work at all? I love very progressive and experimental music and the stranger the better. Music has always been a great catalyst in the inspiration of creating art work for me. Often, I am creating music in my head while I work. Though I haven't created the music in the form of a recording, I someday just might. Out of all the sculptures you have created, which one is your personal favorite? They are all my favorite, meaning at the moment of creation I am totally into the piece when I was working on it. At the moment, though, the one that sticks out is "Caravan Assault Apparatus." Finally, where do you see yourself 5 years from now, in regards to your work, new projects and any other personal aspirations you have in life. Creating larger and better, significant works for museum collections and building my castle/home to be later used as the Kris Kuksi Museum once I pass on to the other side and retain fame and wealth while doing so... Be sure to check out more of Kris's art work by visiting his Official Website here - Aaron Hunt