“Beauty… It’s not pretty” plus interview with Kris Kuksi
“Beauty… It’s not pretty”, is a US National juried exhibition being held at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracey, California. Kris Kuski is acting as the grand juror for this exhibition and will hosting a gallery talk at the centre on Friday, July the 13th. The opening reception and awards takes place this Saturday, June 18th.
beinArt: “Beauty… it’s not pretty” is such an interesting title. What does it mean to you and what do you find beautiful?
Kris Kuksi: Beauty is very subjective. There are certainly typical beauty standards out there but I know I my experience I didn’t pay too much attention to them, beauty for me is the mystery, the rarity, and the intellectually induced. Which according to the mainstream beauty standards might be well considered ‘odd’. I would chose cloudy cold weather on a rocky cliff as more beautiful then a sun soaked beach in 100 degree plus weather. I’d notice a nerdy young woman with geeky glasses over a rail-thin model-like blonde woman. And I certainly like pinned insects on my wall rather than a bouquet of flowers. But what do I know about beauty?
beinArt: How did you come to be the Juror of this show and can you tell us about your experience doing this?
KK:I was contacted by William Wilson from the Grand Theater there in Tracy, California about judging this show he had in mind. Without any hesitation I agreed and after the call was announced I received the entries and chose the best ones I felt that best related to the theme of the show, and I was really entertained by the selections! It is very hard however to choose the best, and there were some that I felt didn’t make the cut not for any technical reasons but merely just from what I felt didn’t fit for the concept this show was about. There are also pragmatic reasons, the size of the venue, and the size of the works. So there are some real challenges as to who go about in a freely unbiased approach to judging a show.
KK: I’m always dreaming up new ideas and always feeling what is happening in the world and seeing it show up in my work. I try not to be too descriptive or be too hard on myself when it come to art. But I am trying new arrangement ideas and showing in some great spaces around the US and Europe here soon.