Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retrospective
NEW YORK • Grey Art Gallery • Ongoing
|Everything Matters is the first solo East Coast museum exhibition of the pioneering work of Paul Kos, a leading figure of the early Bay Area Conceptual Art movement. First on view at the University of California's Berkeley Art Museum, the show features approximately twenty works spanning three decades of this San Francisco-based artist's career. Kos is recognized as a pioneer in the genres of video, performance, and installation. In step with such peers as Bruce Nauman and Vito Acconci, Kos was among the first artists to incorporate video, sound, and interactivity into sculptural installations. Everything Matters surveys Kos's explorations of paradoxes of faith, war, and nature. Works range from Chartres Bleu, a 27-monitor video installation tracing the progress of light across a Gothic stained glass window to Tunnel, in which a model train circumnavigates a wheel of cheese.|
Paul Kos: Tunnel, 1995,
Wood table, cheese round, and toy train with track,
38 x 24 x 96 in.
Collection of the artist
Courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim
Photo courtesy of Grey Art Gallery
Kos considers himself a "materials-based Conceptual artist." "I have always been intrigued by materials and the way their indigenous characteristics have a certain poetry," observes the artist. "I like the poetry of materials―the way ice behaves or the way cheese behaves or the way a chair behaves." Seeing the world anew, Kos asserts that "everything matters," but not always in the ways we presume.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by the show's curator, Contance Lewallen, senior curator for exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, Charles Desmarais, Ron Meyers, and Rachel Teagle.
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