K.K. Kozik works almost like a filmmaker. Kozik’s approach embodies active narration and visualization. Stylistically evocative of another time altogether, the work offers a realistic view into a particular, and seemingly mysterious lifestyle. Kozik’s work derives from her own childhood recollections of adults and their behavior in polite society. Since the work pivots around the issues of interpersonal relationships, it can be easily relegated to domestic melodrama and kitsch if it were not for its intense compositional formalism and visual wit that forces the viewer to avoid safe clichés. This print series is titled Gotham Haiku – four-color etchings with aquatint on Rives paper with an attached poem printed on rice paper. It is a collaborative project with writer Barry Schwabsky an American poet and art critic living in London. He is the author of Opera: Poems 1981-2002 (Meritage Press, 2003).
KK Kozik has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews, New Yorker, and The New York Times, among others. Her work was included in the Brooklyn Museum’s survey of Brooklyn artists, Open House, and was recently featured at the Fitton Center for the Arts in Cincinnati. Her etching “Force Majeure” won the Magnesium Elektron Prize at 2009 North American Print Biennial and her laminated stained glass windows were recently installed at the Rockaway Beach subway station, a commission from the MTA’s Art for Transit program.
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