Tom Koken

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Artwork
Longitude/Latitude; oil on canvas; 64 x 34; 2010
Have Had; oil on canvas; 32 x 38; 2009
Laurel Ridge; oil on canvas; 18 x 24; 2009
Branches wall (installation); oil on paper; 9 x 11 each; 2007-2009
And And Or (detail); oil on canvas; 31 x 42; 2007
Tom
Koken
Artist's Statement

I use images and ideas from nature and derivatives of patterns and decoration. While dealing with the formal aspects of the picture’s surface I also explore its symbols and metaphors– both personal and more universal. Nature and beauty and their loss – the increasing disassociation and alienation – are general concerns. I am interested in systems, networks, connections and infrastructures – their strengths and vulnerabilities. I focus particularly on the spot where things hold up but threaten to disappear, collapse or disintegrate–order confronting disorder. Without resolution or answers, I want to present the place where opposites can exist simultaneously. More work can be seen at www.tomkoken.com.

Bio/Resume

Tom Koken was born in St. Louis, MO, studied at Kansas City Art Institute and received a BFA from School of Visual Arts. One-person shows include: Phantom Limb, MKG127; Sragow Gallery, NYC; E.S. Galt Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Artist’s Space, NYC. Group exhibitions, include: Pattern Theory, MKG127, Toronto; Urban Forest Project, Times Square, NYC; 25th Anniversary Selections, Drawing Center, NYC; Create! Don’t Hate, LBGT Center, NYC; Assumption, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL; Selection 42, Drawing Center, NYC; Group Show–Member’s Gallery, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY; Animal Life, One Penn Plaza, NYC; National and International Studio Program, Clocktower, NYC; Past and Future Perfect, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; 26 NY Artists, Studio de Corrado Levi, Milan, Italy; Hundreds of Drawings, Artist’s Space, NYC; Alienation, Group Material, NYC. He received a studio grant for a year at the Clocktower and a year at PS1.