Skeleton Veins, Brian Kokoska’s first solo installation in Canada, is a haunting domestic environment. Remnants of fabricated and found objects, sentimental belongings from deceased family members, altered collectibles and other memorabilia adorn the artist’s gestural paintings of androgynous figures. Pointy nipples and bulging abdomens create disrupted figural compositions in an environment straddling the border of abstraction and figuration. The result is a combination of fiction and heightened expressions from remembered interactions experienced by Kokoska.

Skeleton Veins houses imperfect memories from the artist’s childhood, a collection of kitschy interiors: daycares, bedrooms, playrooms, and hotel rooms. An older Kokoska unconsciously recreates his primordial figures that he once depicted as a child. These drawings were so explicitly sexual, he would hide them from his mother in his sock drawer.

Skeleton Veins evokes a loss of stability in which the viewer is confronted with obstacles of colour-blocking, a reference to Kokoska’s earlier use of the spectrum or rainbow in his paintings and drawings. Veering away from a monochromatic-themed room, an ambiguous narrative is created – one that is open to interpretation, yet steeped in inescapable dark playfulness.

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Flesh Shell (Double Dagger)
oil on canvas
58” x 50”
2016

Lovers In Heaven (Ice Prison)
oil on canvas
58” x 50”
2016

Lipstick Stitches (Where Do The Birds Go)
oil on canvas
30” x 26”
2016

Gymnastic Umbrella (Black Holes)
oil on canvas
30” x 26”
2016

Grin Choker (Banana Split)
oil on canvas
30” x 26”
2016

Exhibition view

            

Mr. Nobody (Potato Fuck)
plastic, wood, acrylic, felt, foam dice, leather masks, cable ties
46” x 15” x 8.5”
2017

            

Get On Your Knees N Pray (I’m Sorry)
wooden shelf, vintage ceramics, felt, acrylic
20” x 9.5” x 6.5”
2017

A Triple 6 Broken Heart (I’m A Horny Little Devil)
wooden shelf, plastic, metal, stuffed dice, string, felt, acrylic
31” x 8” x 5.5”
2017

SKELETON VEINS
by Brian Kokoska
at L’INCONNUE, Montreal, Canada
January 19 to April 1, 2017

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