KAWS’s signature Companion figure appears in two new monumental sculptures fabricated in wood – each over eighteen feet high – that rise to the ceiling of the soaring skylit space. In Along the Way, a pair of the figures, heads lowered and one arm on each other’s back, embrace in a pose of gentle solace. The other work, At This Time, presents Companion standing alone with head arched back and hands covering the eyes. The posture at once conveys a reluctance to face the world and a withdrawal from what has already been witnessed.
KAWS was born in 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is based in Brooklyn, New York City. Since receiving his BFA from Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts in 1996, he has continued to refine his transformations of icons of popular culture into characters that have in their own right become instantly recognizable.
Concurrent with the show at Mary Boone Gallery, KAWS will have new work on view at Galerie Perrotin, New York; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas.
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