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Douglas Kolk
Angels wear tube socks

2005

Collage and mixed media on paper

60.6 x 48.1 cm
Replicating the sensation of bombardment that is a common experience of contemporary urban life, Douglas Kolk’s collages are charged with dynamic and contradictory visual material. Images of female beauty jostle for space with jagged drawn line; sprayed colour bumps up against collaged newspaper. The overall effect is one of clamour and confusion, with certain thematic interests that bind the apparently divergent elements together. Kolk’s work seems preoccupied above all with visual ideas that relate to personal identity, whether they be graffiti tags, repeated rows of human eyes, or the faces of fashion models, and their juxtaposition in fragmentary form on the surfaces of his works is a way of deferring that identity’s resolution. No-one, in Kolk’s work, is fully whole.
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Douglas Kolk
Country Road

2010

Collage on paper

177.8 x 360.7 cm
In Dirty Hands, faces snipped from newspapers are half-completed in graphic lines; the human body appears as broken shards, silhouettes or metonymic parts: teeth, eyes, arms. The preponderance of text in his work demands that Kolk’s work be read, rather than absorbed as a work on this large scale usually is; the act of looking is also one of internal comparison, the revelation of visual rhymes. In Country Road, eyes and lips switch places through visual kinship; the road of the title is driven by cars, trod by horses. Kolk’s work embodies a world where fixed meanings lose their moorings; everything is like something else, and nothing is any one thing at any one time.
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Douglas Kolk
Dirty Hands

2010

Collage on paper

223.5 x 165.1 cm
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Douglas Kolk
Into The Trees

2010

Collage on paper

228.6 x 195.6 cm
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Douglas Kolk
Devil under Greenwood Falls

2005

Collage and mixed media on paper

45.9 x 30.3 cm
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Douglas Kolk
Keep your oily son away from my daughter

2005

Collage on paper

125 x 100 cm
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Douglas Kolk
Help me Nasa!

2005

Collage on paper

97 x 81 cm
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Douglas Kolk
Swany

2006

Collage and mixed media on paper

105.5 x 91 cm
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Douglas Kolk
Wear am I Soda?

2005

Collage and mixed media on paper

80 x 62.1 cm
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Douglas Kolk
Leave your favorite sneakers behind

2006

Collage and mixed media on paper

129 x 90cm
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Douglas Kolk
Big Eye Country

2006

Collage and mixed media on paper

180 x 121.5cm
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Douglas Kolk
the girl called Grand Slam

2006

Collage mixed media on paper

182 x 151.5cm
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Douglas Kolk
We're all monsters Frankie

2006

Collage and mixed media on paper

170 x 134cm
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Douglas Kolk
Nurse City

2007

Collage on paper

189.2 x 189.2cm
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Douglas Kolk
Teeth Everywhere

2007

Collage on paper

235 x 185.4cm
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Douglas Kolk
Where You Went

2007

Collage on paper

188 x 210.8 cm
Text by Ben Street

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Douglas Kolk was born in Newark, USA in 1963. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany and New York. The artist's work has been exhibited internationally since 1992 and is now represented in numerous public and private collections.

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