ARTIST:

Douglas Kolk

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Douglas Kolk
EMPTY FRAME FOR DOUGLAS KOLK 'HI BYE', 2005 (MS#1284),

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.

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.

Douglas Kolk
Dirty Hands, 2010
Collage on paper
223.5 x 165.1 cm

Douglas Kolk
Into The Trees, 2010
Collage on paper
228.6 x 195.6 cm

Douglas Kolk
Devil under Greenwood Falls, 2005
Collage and mixed media on paper
45.9 x 30.3 cm

Douglas Kolk
Keep your oily son away from my daughter, 2005
Collage on paper
125 x 100 cm

Douglas Kolk
Help me Nasa!, 2005
Collage on paper
97 x 81 cm

Douglas Kolk
Swany, 2006
Collage and mixed media on paper
105.5 x 91 cm

Douglas Kolk
Wear am I Soda?, 2005
Collage and mixed media on paper
80 x 62.1 cm

Douglas Kolk
Leave your favorite sneakers behind, 2006
Collage and mixed media on paper
129 x 90cm

Douglas Kolk
Big Eye Country, 2006
Collage and mixed media on paper
180 x 121.5cm

Douglas Kolk
the girl called Grand Slam, 2006
Collage mixed media on paper
182 x 151.5cm

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

Douglas Kolk
Teeth Everywhere, 2007
Collage on paper
235 x 185.4cm

Douglas Kolk
Where You Went, 2007
Collage on paper
188 x 210.8 cm

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