KEN CRO-KEN
                             
         

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WELCOME TO THE HOME PAGE OF
KEN CRO-KEN, ECOSYSTEM PAINTER



"DEEP BLUE ST. PETE, 40" X 30"                                                                                                                                                                                                      2005


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. 

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"LONG ISLAND AND CONNECTICUT", 40" X 30"                                                                                                                                                                                                       2005



Working paint like soil, my process is a physical investigation of our planet using paint.   I define my activated palette as "Speed Elements" and reflect deeply on the relationship between the act of painting and the art of nature.  Nature doesn’t just influence me, it leads me on a journey.  I navigate and negotiate paint like a river;  yet, I know its source.  As I cooperate with nature, she rewards me greatly.   As a partner, nature is generous and I inherit all that she has to offer. 

While working with this "activated" palette, there is a need to become more sensitive to things occurring around me.  I endeavor to strike a balance between my inner and outer self.  If I fail to maintain this equilibrium, I can become an intruder to my own painting and can potentially scare a paint experiment; much like what often occurs when man finds himself at odds with nature.





* To read more excerpts from my forth coming book
THE CONDUCT OF PAINT, Please click on the link below:
http://kencroken.com/THE_CONDUCT_OF_PAINT.html





   >>>  New York Times Review <<< 


MULTIPLE ONENESS
TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCE AT SYMPHONY SPACE; NY, NY
KEN CRO-KEN & MATT SULLIVAN

Setting paint and music into motion;
to show not only how space looks but how it moves.


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.

THE NEW YORK TIMES -
By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER,  Published: February 22, 2011


Simply put, I manipulate space, time and matter... and the matter is not just paint


Personally, I prefer summer but professionally I love winter.


The picture below, shows a sheet of my business cards in all weather.
In this case, ice and snow.  (10 cards per sheet)

     

One side of my business card is not exposed to the weather; the other side is. 
The two sides are eventually glued together back to back.

Like snowflakes, no two business cards can be alike.

Simply put, I ride nature's coattails. 

 
K C-K at Hayden Planetarium Symposium July 2 -7, 2013
Celebrating how Cro-Ken's paintings are inspired by the HUBBLE  telescope




Please click on any picture to go to that page.



              
                   PAINTING GALLERY  
 
                                      HAYDEN PLANETARIUM 2013   
       



            
                                        INTRODUCTION                                           TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES    
            

 



Gallery Talk at World Monuments Gallery; NY, NY 2010




                    
           UPCOMING BOOK                                               2Bn2C SCULPTURE GARDEN     
THE CONDUCT OF PAINT By, KC-K                                                                                                      
Celebrating the 150+ Anniversary of                                                                                                      
THE CONDUCT OF LIFE  By, Ralph Waldo Emerson                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                          

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                           KC-K VIDEOS                                  KC-K EXHIBITS & LECTURE HISTORY  



     
 
            GREENTECH PARK, NJ                                    LITERACY THROUGH THE ARTS 




          
               2 & 3 D OUTDOOR EXPERIMENTS                                              
  NEWS / EVENTS                                 



MULTIPLE ONENESS, KEN CRO-KEN & MATT SULLIVAN
AT SYMPHONY SPACE, NEW YORK, NY  2010
(New York Times Review above)


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OR EMAIL HIM DIRECTLY -
Ken@KenCroKen.com




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