KEN CRO-KEN
                             
         

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WELCOME TO THE HOME PAGE OF
KEN CRO-KEN
Ecosystem Painter




"Blue Shift", 40" x 30"                                                                                                                                                     2007

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. 




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





EXCERPT FROM A FORTH COMING BOOK  -  THE CONDUCT OF PAINT






"Lake Dwellers" ,   48" X 48"                                                                                                                               2005






"Six Foot Square Snow Painting 2010, 6' x 6'                                                                                            January - April   2010

MY FORTH COMING BOOK  -  THE CONDUCT OF PAINT
Actualizing Earth, Paint, Self.

Personally, I love summer but professionally I prefer winter.


To read more pages of this book by Ken Cro-Ken,
click on the link below:

>>> THE_CONDUCT_OF_PAINT <<<


MORE PAINTINGS BELOW AND BY CLICKING ON  THE GALLERY TAB ABOVE.





Hayden Planetarium, INSAP Viii Symposium
Exhibition including KC-K paintings, July 7th - 12th, 2013





Curated by Brian Abbott
(Pictured top right with me.)

Thank you Brian Abbott and Hayden Planetarium
for an inspirational experience!




KC-K AT HAYDEN VIDEO

SEEING IN LIGHT YEARS BY WAY OF SELF-SIMILARITY


Celebrating how Cro-Ken's paintings are inspired by the HUBBLE  telescope.
(The fact is, is that the Hubble serves as a verification system
that what I am doing is out there somewhere waiting to me found.




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CURRENT EVENTS

Mikhail Zakin Gallery
561 PIERMONT ROAD, DEMAREST, N.J.
>>>  CLICK HERE FOR MAP <<<


ON VIEW NOW!

FLOATING ISLANDS
January 10th - February 24th, 2015

PLEASE COME TO THE OPENING RECEPTION!!!
Thursday, January 29th, 5 - 7:30 pm


A group exhibition exploring representations of the environment
and natural processes in contemporary art.

Floating Islands is an exhibition of environmentally conscious art consisting of mixed media paintings, floating and striated sculptures,
prints and single channel animations. The title refers to the islands of floating plastic waste collecting in the Pacific Ocean that force us to confront
our cultural norms. Each artist in the show similarly confronts the viewer with a representation of our relationship to the environment; our attempts
at understanding, our collaborations, representations and visions of the future. The clarity of these expressions lends notes of hope.
After all, how far can a culture progress without understanding its position?
Curated by, Mary M. Gagler.






     

  
Ms. Gagler is right there in the picture above, to the right, inside Zakin Gallery with a red jacket!
(To Mary's credit, she did spend much of the time outside working right along side me!)

Many thanks to Mary M. Gagler and Maria Danziger and the staff at Mikhail Zakin Gallery
for your support for something outside the box; ...literally and figuratively! HA!
The guy with the yellow cap is Frank Sung... an excellent photographer.
Thanks to you as well Frank!
Here is a link to Frank's website:
>> FRANK SUNG - PHOTOGRAPHER <<

To learn more about this exhibit and the other artists, go to these sites below:
>> FLOATING ISLANDS on Facebook <<

>> the Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ <<



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Gallery OneTwentyEight
128 Rivington Street, New York, N.Y.

ON VIEW NOW!

January 9th - Feb 15th, 2015


'"MULTIVERSE"                                                                                      2010 - 2015


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TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES

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.

 
   >>>  New York Times Review <<< 

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


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LIVE AT SYMPHONY SPACE, on Broadway at 95th Street, New York, N.Y.


Simply put, I manipulate space, time and matter...
and the matter is never just paint.



KC-K at Ringling College of Arts and Design,  Longboat Key Island, Florida           2013


"One should seek to create a balance with their inner and outer self."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

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 paint experiment and can potentially scare a paint happening;
much like what often occurs when man finds himself at odds with nature.






"SIX FOOT SQUARE SNOW PAINTING"                                                                                                                                    NEW YORK, NY   201



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. 



I create a "paint portal" and Nature's involvement is like that of a Master to an Apprentice.
Nature is the great Creator and says to this Apprentice -
"OK, you're done?  Now let me show you how to make this more realistic.
I ride Nature's coattails in amazement and awe.




"Bushkill River Critters"                                                                                                                                                                2006


To see more videos, please click on the link below:
http://kencroken.com/KC-K_VIDEOS.html



I make each of my business cards to give original works of art. 
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.

     

     

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

Once Nature is recognized for her presence in all things at all times,
even a repetitive image, such as my card,
creates an original from a relationship with her. 

Like a snowflake, no two can be alike.


IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE OF THESE ORIGINAL KC-K WORKS OF ART
>>  FOR FREE
<<
E-MAIL ME YOUR ADDRESS AND IT'S YOURS.
MAYBE YOU CAN TELL ME ABOUT THE LAST TIME OR BEST TIME YOU HAD IN NATURE... DEAL???

Ken@KenCroKen.com






"Morning Mist, Pa.", 38"38" on wood                                                                                                       2007


WHITE BOX PERFORMANCE SPACE
Curated by Juan Puntes,
Conducted by Professor, Matt Sullivan
Videos by Ken Cro-Ken

329 Broome Street  New York, NY 10002 (Between Christie & Bowery)

AN S.R.O. EVENT (STANDING ROOM ONLY!)


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 "INTERNATIONAL FLAGS"      .        --  SHAPED BY WIND OFF THE EAST RIVER,   

 BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK MANHATTAN BRIDGE
ART-IN-PUBLIC PLACES, D.U.M.B.O. SUMMER 2007


ART REVIEW OF KEN CRO-KEN, "INTERNATIONAL FLAGS 2007"
http://twi-ny.com/twiny.08.08.07.html

Twi-ny, This Week in New YorK - "STILL FLYING"



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                   PAINTING GALLERY  
 
                                      HAYDEN PLANETARIUM 2013   
       



            
                                        INTRODUCTION                                           TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES    
            

 


 
                                     
    UPCOMING BOOK                                                                           KC-K VIDEOS   
"THE CONDUCT OF PAINT", by, KC-K                                                                                                                 
Celebrating the 150+ Anniversary of                                                                                                                
"THE CONDUCT OF LIFE"                                                                                                              
by, Ralph Waldo Emerson
                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                          

 CLICK ON EACH PHOTO TO GO TO THAT PAGE  *


                     
     
  
KC-K EXHIBITS & LECTURE HISTORY                           LITERACY THROUGH THE ARTS 




          
               2 & 3 D OUTDOOR EXPERIMENTS                                                     
  NEWS / EVENTS                                                       




IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT KEN CRO-KEN
YOU CAN EMAIL HIM DIRECTLY AT:

  Ken@KenCroKen.com




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