Painting in extreme heat and in below freezing weather I learn about paint and nature simultaneously.
What separates much of my art experience from the last century is rather than say, "Look what I made"
I say, "Look what I made with Nature."
"Nature has her own best way of doing each thing
and has told us plainly along the way;
and if we choose our own ways, as opposed to Nature's,
Nature will not be slow in undeceiving us"
- RALPH WALDO EMERSON -
"Personally, I love summer but professionally I prefer winter.
I accept that all we create are earthworks. Mine is a physical investigation of our planet using paint.
As a result, I learn about paint and Nature simultaneously.
"Brief Moment in Time", mixed media on canvas, 36" x 48" 1995 - 2015
"I mix paints and catalysts to recreate the push-pull forces that shape and mold all things
to create satellite views of the earth and places scattered throughout the Universe.
These are abstracts waiting to be called realistic, when technology catches up.
Shift", 40" x 30"
2007 - 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),
the mini paintings can serve as telescopes revealing a place that could be 7,000 light years away.
HAYDEN PLANETARIUM BOOK
CITY OF THE STARS RELEASED DECEMBER 2015
KC-K featured article with photo of my paintings to illustrate my concepts
connecting my physical investigation of our planet using paint
with the dynamic forces at play in much of the universe.
My "reactive improvisations" with activated paints and nature creates a portal
to observe how the universe appears but more importantly, how it moves.
"Not A Satellite View of Saudi
It goes beyond my imagination, but not my abilities and efforts,
to peer into the vastness of the Universe.
Photo still from "Six Foot Square Snow Painting, Winter 2010", video link below. https://www.youtube.com/KenCroKen Original music by award winning woodwind quintet
Quintet of the Americas
Just as a planet's surface is a visual record of past events,
my paint experiments come to apparent rest
and could be more accurately be called "painteds". It is the video that captured images that eluded capture by the canvas that could more appropriately be called the "painting".
"NUMBER 9 DREAM", mixed media paints on canvas, 60" x 48" Summer 2014, NY, NY
Shift #2", 6" x 12", mixed media on canvas
Each of the cards I give out offers an original work of art.
One side of my card is not exposed to the elements.
Glued to the other side is the same repeated imagine as the front
and has been exposed to the elements in my outdoor studio.
Nature makes an original of everything it touches…
just as no two snowflakes can be alike.
TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES
SETTING PAINT AND MUSIC IN MOTION FOR
KEN CRO-KEN, painter Matt Sullivan electro/acoustic oboe
"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