"Ckirk spins a constantly mutating visual mythology of the queer & fabulous & painful & joyous & yes sexy thing we often refer to as ordinary (& occasionally epic) human life."
Fred D. Solomon
Ckirk is a contemporary artist and for lack of a better word, occultist, fluid in various media and concentrating on figurative art. For more than a decade, he rambled across the country soaking up life experience. In 2005, tired of his derelict lifestyle, Ckirk turned his focus toward experimenting with art. Since then, his work has been featured in publications (both in print and online) worldwide. The art of CKirk hangs in corporate and private collections across the United States, The United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Ckirk currently lives and works in Texas.
Apoko-Lips initiated toward the end of 2013. I was suddenly struck, then obsessed with pictorial concepts of strange messengers. These concepts came to fruition in a collection I now call the Apoko-Lips - Primer. These large oil paintings featured harbingers who foreshadowed awe-inspiring change. Change arrived, wasn't noticed until after the fact, and has yet to depart. Since then, the ongoing series Apoko - Lips became for me, a collection of allegories depicting transmutation through personalized interpretation of archaic symbolism. Apoko-Lips directed my focus away from contemporary culture, the velocity of information and life lived online through high-tech touch screens, and shifted my contemplation inward. Actions and movements interrupted by glitch, are emphasized in the 2014/2015 Initiation works as a "Note to self" or memento of the physical body, the external world, and to reboot, or expand consciousness. The 2015 Behold The Son Of GRID additions to Apoko-Lips feature outlandish entities who reveal declarations that could be considered confusing, presumptuous, and vitriolic. The experimentation that brought forth the Behold The Son Of GRID; works eventually led to upheaval and discord in every area of my personal life and drove me to the edge of sanity. Fortunately, change is the only constant and I've risen from the ashes as an old bard with epics full of metaphor, monsters, and glory in Apoko-Lips - The MR MIRACLE Mythos. Apoko-Lips finally came to its natural conclusion with The MR MIRACLE Mythos and I have begun work on a collection of figurative, portrait studies that fall under the title That Which Is. I find that I've come full circle and I can see my art becoming very fluid and eclectic once more. I look forward to painting whatever subject I wish with whatever medium I choose.
ARTIST'S PROCESS - APOKO-LIPS - Initiation 2014 - 2015
My process is essentially a progressive dance between analog and digital media to translate concepts and sentiments into my own brand of expressive art. I believe my best work is composed of an amalgam of ideas and symbols collected over time through gnosis. Associations are discovered that reveal the interconettedness of the symbols used to communicate these concepts. Most every work in Apoko - Lips begins with manipulating enviornments or "Sets" then photographing models, props, toys, splatterd and mixed paint. Afterward, a digital collage study of my photography is created, primarily to arrange the chosen imagery. I then use emulsion techniques to create a slightly distorted, washed-out, physical version of the composition. Acrylic, watercolor, oil paint, pens, graphite, oil pastels and other media are used to complete this phase of the piece. The heavily layered work of art is finally scanned at hight-resolution to create a more substantial, sleek adaptation on heavy-duty, rigid metal.
SELECTED GALLERY EXHIBITS
2016 - Hive Gallery & Studios, Los Angeles, California - "Krampus & Clowns "
2013 - Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, California - "Naughty Or Nice"
2013 - M Squared Gallery, Houston - Texas,"Neopopstreetfunk"
2013 - Wallery, Stokholm, Sweden - "Turner Steet Art"
2013 - Design Galleriet, Stokholm, Sweden - "Turner Street Art"
2013 - Ian Ross Gallery, San Francisco, California, - "Made In China" (Currated By Eddie Colla)
2013 - Ian Ross Gallery, San Francisco, California - "Urban Influences In Contemporary Art" (Curated By Julie Zener)
2013 - African-American Museum, Dallas, Texas - "Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series"
2013 - Life Building, Red Bull Curates, Dallas, TX - "Canvas Cooler"
2012 - Seven Minus Seven, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - "You Will Never Amount To Anything In"
2011 - Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, California - "Black Christmas"
2011 - Seven Minus Seven, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - "Less Than Zero"
2011 - 2011 - Seven Minus Seven, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - "Sacred Nothingness"
2010 - Red Propeller Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon, United Kingdom - "Back Of Beyond"
2010 - Art Asylum Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
2010 - Art Asylum Boston, New York, New York
2010 - M2 Gallery, Houston, TX) - "Neopopstreetfunk II"
2010 - The Hive Gallery & Studios, Los Angeles, California "Mayhem"
2010 - 4th Wall Gallery, Dallas, Texas - "Building Character"
2010 - Latitude Zero Fine Art Gallery, Orlando, Florida - "Small Wonders"
2009 / 2010 - The Contemporary Art Center Of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia- "Davmo & The Young Guns"
2009 - Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas TX - "Art Love Magic: Underground"
The Houston Press
Southern Swagg Magazine
City Art Cal “Fine Art In Dallas
D Home Magazine
Town Square Magazine
Huffpost Arts & Culture
This Is So Contemporary
Red Propeller Uncut - The Whole Encilada
The Obama Art Report
Vimby - Video In My Backyard
Red Door NY