KEN CRO-KEN
                             
         

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K E N    C R O - K E N
E  C O S Y S T E M       A R T I S T

Environmental artists, such as Andy Goldsworrthy work with earth materials.
I, on the other hand, work with the intangible forces that shape and mold all this
to be able to create satellite views of the earth and places scattered throughout the universe.

Hubble satellite telescope has shown us incredible images that have only been witnessed by
just a few generations but there is so much we still don't know.  It goes beyond my imagination
but not my abilities nor efforts
to peer into the vastness of the universe.



* "Brief Moment in Time" mixed media on canvas, (36" x 48")                                                                                                                                        2010


"By mixing paints and catalysts, I recreate the push-pull forces that shape and mold all things
to create satellite views of the earth and places scattered throughout the Universe. 
only from the early Twenty-first century
These are abstracts waiting to be called realistic, when technology catches up."

KC-K



Nature is the great creator and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "It is a wise person who follows its lead."  The business card I offer others is made in my garden studio.  Though, the image is repeated, the results are varied and, therefore, every card is an original.  When Nature is involved, it makes originals of everything it touches.  So, like a snow flake, no two cards can be alike.  Now it is easy to understand when I say "I ride Nature's coat tails." 
I prefer to say, "Look what I made with Nature."   * The green painting above is the original painting that my card is printed from and placed in the garden to let Nature, the great Master, shows THIS apprentice how to create paintings with this unique form of realism.





The concept of earthwork art summons images of soil, wood, water, rock formations and other tangible materials.  ­The greater focus within m­y art experience is nature's process and the invisible forces at work on our planet.  Nature is my collaborator and as such, makes its every influence known.  I am an ecosystem artist developing each 2D and 3D painting in seasonal conditions of high heat and extreme cold, at various levels of humidity, to experience the power of natural elements in response to the materials I lay upon the canvas and elsewhere.  Like a chef who learns when the best time is to take something out of the oven, I have learned over many decades when to take a painting out of Nature and let it transform at the speed of conventional art.  This art does not deny the history of art; quite the contrary.  I received a Master's at NYU and received a scholarships for scholastic achievement in 1997.




     
       "Long Island and Connecticut", 30" x 40"                                                                                                                                                                     1995








 
"Mid-Summer 2015" mixed media on canvas,  48" x 60"                                                                                                                                                         2015










"Lake Dwellers", 48" x 48",  mixed media on canvas,                                                                                                                 2007    










 * "Blue Shift" mixed media paints on canvas, 36" x 48"                          1995 - 2016

If you look closely you can see circular mini paintings on the canvas above.  They serve as microscopes that take a closer look at the surrounding painting.  Conversely, due to self-similarity, (things look the same on small and grand scale; such as, the leaf of a plant and it's similarities to the Mississippi Delta), the mini paintings  can also serve as telescopes revealing places at a greater distance; even light years away!


"Blue Shift" and it's macro/micro mini paintings were shown at a Hayden Planetarium symposium and featured in the book:
"Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena Viii, City Lights"; (Published 2015)  The article that I wrote and was edited by Brian Abbott. 
It was a great opportunity to show the "paint portal" that I created and developed almost forty years ago.




To find out more about this article about the "paint portal" I create
please click on the link below:
>>> HAYDEN PLANETARIUM PAGE ON KC-K WEBSITE <<<





  KC-K video of the exhibition and talk at Hayden.

  
Basically,I manipulate space, time and matter using paint for the most part.
(Above, are three phases of the same spatial existence; similar to a nebula.)


"Epoch", mixed media paints on canvas, 48" x 60"                                                                                                                                                                    2017

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To see painting gallery, go to bottom of this page or go to the gallery tab above.


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The concept of earthwork art summons images of soil, wood, water, rock formations and other tangible materials.  ­The greater focus within m­y art experience is nature's process and the invisible forces at work on our planet.  Nature is my collaborator and as such, makes its every influence known.  I am an ecosystem artist developing each 2D and 3D painting in seasonal conditions of high heat and extreme cold, at various levels of humidity, to experience the power of natural elements in response to the materials I lay upon the canvas and elsewhere. 

(To learn further about KC-K's form of painting please go to the INTRO tab or BOOK tab.)


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MULTIPLE ONENESS
TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES

Setting  paint  and  music  into  motion.


KEN CRO-KEN
&
MATT SULLIVAN, electro/acoustic oboe





                   
   
                                                                                      (NYU Frederick Loewe Theatre, June 19, 2010)

   
Ken Cro-Ken, Quintet of the Americas with composer Christopher Kaufman.


 
"The most unusual work I encountered was “Multiple Oneness,” an intriguing performance-art piece
by  the oboist Matt Sullivan and the painter Ken Cro Ken.  While Mr. Sullivan played a melancholy lament
over recorded sounds,   Mr. Cro-Ken poured liquids onto a canvas projected onto a video screen.
The colorful liquids flowed through the painting’s raised surfaces like yellow lava,
swirling in strange tandem with the oboe’s melancholy tunes."
 
-  VIVIEN SCHWEITZER,  FEBRUARY 22, 2011  




Ari Mintz for The New York Times
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York,
N.Y.


(click on the box on bottom right of video to enlarge)


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Ken@KenCroKen.com
 
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