Kinki Texas

Mental Shiloh Supper Club

10.19 –

Four years after his last solo-exhibition in the Alessandro Casciaro Art Gallery, Kinki Texas is now presenting some large-scale canvases as well as a series of new works on paper, none of which have been on public display before. 

The artist has taken the conscious decision to move into an open-ended creative phase with no definite, pre-determined point of departure or ultimate destination. For this purpose, Kinki Texas starts off by compiling an extensive archive comprising various media and genres: films, images, texts, historic facts and snippets of music thus provide him with a cornucopia of artistic impulses. If, for example, he is focusing on the theme of the “Wild West”, he can draw on work from the cinema, literature and music which deals with the same theme as well as on works of art, for example those of George Catlin and Frederic Remington. Kinki Texas combines all these differing sources of inspiration by, for example, adding fragments of texts to pictorial elements, thus creating a multitude of opportunities for self-referencing features inherent in the work of art itself.

As is the practice in “Kinki Texas Space” – this is what the artist has called the world he has created through his art – an associative narrative structure allows further linking of all the paintings and drawings. A figure or an image re-appears in various works. It changes and develops, as can be observed, for instance, in the “Parzival” figure: in the works “Parzival” and “Parzival – 8 years later”, the protagonist is definitely undergoing a process of ageing and maturing. This is an example of how in Kinki Texas’ oeuvre a theme is picked and developed, without however losing any of its original character.

Furthermore, Texas’ works distinguish themselves through an interweaving of layers of colours as well as motifs. Endless new applications of colour do not simply alter the aesthetic aspect of the work, but also its stylistic content. Kinki Texas’ meticulous way of working aims at an open-ended outcome. A picture is only ‘finished’ when maximum tension between harmonising and destructive elements is achieved. The luminous colours and the breaks in the layers of colour caused by scratches and tears bear witness to a dense network of different narratives which are made partly visible whilst others remain concealed.

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