Philadelphia, PA. 22. BFA from Tyler School of Art. www.kylekogut.com
My work mainly consists of mixed media drawings and paintings of nonsensical figures/environments. A lot of it is about mankind's relationship to Nature, in both physical and metaphysical realms. Recently I've also been making animations and sculptures that deal with similar narratives.
My biggest inspiration is the natural world; what separates man from animal, and how have we evolved to conceptualize and comprehend our own existence as independent entities from the world around us. Mythology, philosophy, religious iconography, and cultural practices all play a part in the narrative of my work. Visual influnences include the Northern Renaissance period, Greek and Roman antiquity, fauvism, Christopher Davison, Picasso, Allison Shulnik, Jan Švankmajer, Dasha Shiskin, Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and countless others. Influences really come from everything.
I basically lock myself in my studio and pretty much just do whatever I want, no rules. I make myself be stay productive and use my work as exploration of new ideas. I'm always looking for that next image or theme to expand on or experiment with. In the studio I listen to everything from the Black Angels to Panda Bear to Om. I make work around my job schedule, so it all kind of depends.
I run my own screen printing company and fill in some hours at a library, which also serves as an endless resource of history and imagery. I also have some potential teaching opportunities in the near future.
Rather than working from a contrived idea, I try to not restrict the work and allow it to evolve into what it wants to become. I stray from preconceived notions and take ques from spontaneous mark making, letting the image develop on its own while attempting new techniques and processes as often as I can. I try to get into the zone I guess you could say and be constantly and actively creating.
An assortment of brushes, gouache, acrylic, BFK Reeves, watercolor, graphite, ink, clay, and colored pencils.
I've been dabbling in animation and was really excited to complete my first film, Dithyramb. It was new territory but I'm proud of the result. In addition to the films I've been working on some new sculptures which I think of as sort of relics from the world I'm attempting to depict. I also just applied to graduate school so hopefully I'll be moving to a new city soon.
Europe! I'd travel and take care of my family, while continuing to make and show work.
In the studio working on new stuff or spending time with my friends, family and dog.
Philly's a great town with a lot going on in the arts. It also gives you the chance to travel up and down the East Coast.
Someone give me money to make art!
I'm having a solo exhibition at CRED Magazine's OnSite Gallery at 325 South Street, Philadelphia, PA. The opening is Friday, Feb 1st at 6 PM. I'm always looking for new showing opportunities so keep an eye on my site and tumblr for recent developments.
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