Kris Kuksi is a genius. I can get lost in the tiny details of his sculptures. Whenever I view his work online, I end up leaning forward in my chair, nose close to the glass of my monitor, but I can never see it as clear as I'd like to.
Each piece is like two works of art in one: you have the wide view, like a dark landscape; and then you have all the tiny characters within it.
Luckily, it seems he is coming to the Meta Gallery in Toronto from May 15th to June 14th, 2009, so I will finally be able to see those micro-beauties clearly.
For those of you who aren't going to check out his show in person, you can view his sculptures online. He has a handy (yet finicky) flash application that allows you to zoom in fairly tight on the images.
He has an interesting bio posted on his site, not unlike many stories we've heard before. But there were specific quotes that resonated with me: