Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, higher often called KAWS, has solid his personal distinct path by means of the artwork world for the previous 30 years. An interaction of superb artwork, standard tradition, avenue artwork, promoting, branding, graphic design, and vogue, KAWS’s multidisciplinary apply defies easy categorization. In his Canadian museum debut, KAWS invitations us to think about the idea of household. Household could be one thing we’re born into, one thing we select, or one thing we create. The KAWS household of figures—with options he appropriates from the pop-culture zeitgeist—recur all through his work, drawings, small-scale collectible figurines, and larger-than-life–measurement sculptures. Although not fairly human in kind, these figures specific a spread of human feelings and pathos of their gestures and poses—from companionship to loneliness, from melancholia to unbridled pleasure. The solid of characters that populate the KAWS universe speaks to the advanced actuality of life in our up to date world.
KAWS: FAMILY invitations guests to discover the multi-dimensional creativity of American artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS. Famend for his larger-than-life sculptures and work of iconic characters steeped within the American zeitgeist, KAWS mines standard tradition to supply meticulous and exuberant artworks that examine our connection to things and each other. Marking the artist’s first museum presentation in Canada, KAWS: FAMILY is curated by Julian Cox, the AGO’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and is organized by the AGO.
That includes greater than 70 artworks from the previous 20 years, the exhibition is organized as a sequence of encounters, with households of associated artworks put in throughout Degree 2 of the museum, together with larger-than-life wooden sculptures and augmented actuality installations in Galleria Italia.
“KAWS reminds us that artwork could be many issues without delay – priceless, helpful, industrial, lovely, acquainted, thought scary and humorous. Like Warhol and Haring earlier than him, KAWS welcomes the viewer with kinds which are instantly identifiable, and having caught our consideration, confounds together with his nuance, pathos and technical talent, encouraging us to think about what’s companionship, what’s household, what’s our relationship to things,” says Julian Cox, AGO Deputy Director and Chief Curator. “We’re very proud to be the primary Canadian museum to current KAWS – an artist whose dedication to accessibility and artistic play is as robust as our personal.”
Working in bronze, wooden, on paper and canvas, with plush toys and stainless-steel, KAWS’s artwork is populated by a solid of reoccurring figures, whose shapes had been born out of his early curiosity in collectible toys. Adapting options from standard American cartoons, these figures are without delay playful and critical, and of their varied poses, kinds and sizes, discover distinctly human feelings — starting from loneliness and nervousness, to grief and pleasure. The centerpiece of the exhibition is FAMILY (2021), a painted bronze sculpture that includes COMPANION, a determine with crossed out eyes impressed by early American rubber hose animations, a bulbous determine named CHUM and a fur-covered character named BFF, posed collectively within the fashion of a studio portrait.
A number of shoe designs, cereal containers, album covers and a loveseat composed of plush toys made in collaboration with the Campana Brothers showcases KAWS ongoing engagement with industrial design and vogue manufacturers. Rejecting the concept artwork is restricted to the museum, these mass produced works share the identical dedication to daring color, robust traces, and adaptation that his work and sculptures do, and have helped KAWS achieve a big and devoted international following.
Produced in collaboration with Acute Artwork, a analysis hub and curatorial laboratory offering artists entry to leading edge applied sciences, the 2 augmented actuality artworks put in in Galleria Italia, will enable guests to work together nearly with KAWS sculptures utilizing their smartphone.
Admission to KAWS: FAMILY is open to most people now and the exhibition runs till March 31, 2024. For extra particulars on methods to guide your tickets or to turn out to be a Member or Annual Passholder, go to AGO.ca.
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