Douglas Kolk, Nurse City, 2007, Collage on paper, 189.2 x 189.2cm
Douglas Kolk, Where You Went, 2007, Collage on paper, 188 x 210.8 cm
Douglas Kolk, Help me Nasal, 2005, Collage on paper, 97 x 81 cm
Douglas Kolk (b. 1963 Newark, New Jersey) lives and works in Boston. He seems to be preoccupied with the notions of identity and the contemporary experience of the visual/mental overload. His collaged drawings hover somewhere between the finished artworks, huge posters and the studies torn out of a sketchbook. Although their visual impact, highly individual language and emotional/conceptual intensity (touching the level of an intoxication) makes them the independent, strong artistic statements, the media used (paper on paper, some drawing, some painting) stress the fragility and the provisional nature of the subject.
Drawing influence and the original images from pop art, TV imaginary (commercials, cartoons), newspapers, popular stories/mythologies Kolk’s fragmented, troubled yet intimate works appear as the ‘organized anarchy’ and a ‘fructile chaos’ – the space of possibilities and becoming. The confusion, the lost innocence and the verge of a collapse constitutes the expressive negativeness of the language, yet – with the relatively generous patches of the white space left and the general impression of indeterminacy the propositions seem to ‘open up’ towards the new/different (desired?) state, which they are pioneers to.
The artist work has been shown internationally at galleries and museums including the Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany, and The Royal Academy in London. His work features in several prominent collections including The Falckenberg Collection and the Saatchi Gallery. He is represented by Arndt & Partner in Berlin and Zurich.