Kristian Kozul

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Artwork
Untitled (cop1), headles business suit black resin bust
Untitled (gop1), riot cop black rasin bust
Anonymous 1, Anonymous 2, Guantanamo Bay prisoners black resin bust
Discoware Wheelchair, mirrors, rhinestones
Asylum Highchair, black leather, chrome spikes and chains
Kristian
Kozul
Artist's Statement

“Humor permits all the repressed, fermenting aspects of the self in the form of (linguistic) images, with their paradoxes and ambiguities to rise to the surface and be worked on in sublimated form. In this way the comic has the function of a psychological escape valve, helping us accept our weaknesses, defeats and existential angst, or at least to understand them better. This side of humor helps us cope with repressive social processes, in the face of which we so rapidly feel powerless…” (When Humour Becomes Painful, Lunn&Munder).
My work can be seen as a combination of various assemblage techniques. Every object incorporates found and fabricated materials to create a composition that references cultural, social and/or political iconography in a twisted and humorous manner. The works simulate traditional forms of artistic expression, and appropriate diverse subcultural aesthetics, inserting them in an adverse context.

Bio/Resume

Selected shows
2003 - 2007
- “Nuspojave”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade ; Gallery Nova, Zagreb
- Galerie Anhava, Helsinki ( solo)
- Künstlervereinigung MAERZ, Linz
- ISCP residency, New York
- PS 1, international projects, New York
- 1st Biennial of Quadrilateral - Relativism, Museum of contemporary art, Rijeka
- Criss-Cross, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
- Museum Mimara / Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (solo)
- TZR Gallery, Duesseldorf ( solo )
- BoysCraft, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
- Goff+Rosenthal, New York, ( solo )
2008-2009
- Minoriten Galerien, Priesterseminar, Graz „Edle Zier, Stiller Schauder“, (solo)
- Likovni Salon, Celje, Slovenia (solo)
- KIBLA Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia (solo)
- “Turn On”, group show, SLAG gallery, New York
- Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities,Big Medium, Austin