Matt Kokoski To Debut Wide Array of Work This Weekend in Tremont


Matt Kokoski’s Spare Parts opens at Doubting Thomas Gallery with a reception this Friday, March 13, from 6 - 10 p.m., as part of March’s Tremont Art Walk. This will be Kokoski’s first solo show in Cleveland. He’s planning to make an impact, filling Doubting Thomas’ five rooms with five different bodies of work. The show includes collage, mixed media, abstract paintings and more.

Kokoski considers himself a self-taught artist, having taken only one art class in college. His work has been exhibited at The Feve, Ginko Gallery, Bead Paradise, Yeyo Arts (St. Louis, MO) and the Sandusky Cultural Center. His work is part of TEXT at the Sandusky Cultural Center through March 23. In April, he will have a solo show opening at Kendal in Oberlin. Additionally, his work has been featured in Bizarre Magazine (UK) and Churn Magazine (US).

For this exhibition, Kokoski will exhibit framed, hand-cut collage, mixed media collage, “windows” and fluid pours on canvas.

Kokoski describes his hand-cut collages as "an ongoing series of singular figures inspired by ideas brought on though dreams, movies, and resonating images and patterns.”

His mixed media collages create a narrative through symbols meant to be interpreted by the viewer.

“These are a series of collages that attempt to tell a story through symbolism," explains Kokoski. “The story is the viewer's to interpret, what I see may not be what others see and I really enjoy hearing what other people think might be going on within a particular piece.”

His acrylic pours are perhaps his favorite work to make. “Fluid pours are the reason why I make art," explains Kokoski, “It's messy, it drips everywhere, the colors don’t really mix as much as they swirl, it’s constantly movin and holding onto a potential pattern is physically impossible. I love the unpredictability and lack of total control; I pick a few colors and the angles of the drip and gravity does the rest. It’s meditative to watch from start to finish.”

His “windows” combine these different concepts together. “These also attempt to tell a story, but only through the collage framework,” adds Kokoski. “The windows are a combination of dual acrylic pours done simultaneously, and collaged frames with .22-calliber bullet casing inlay. Though the combinations of paint and collage hold no definitive bond to each other, using all of my forms in one piece, covering all sides in various things gives a feeling of true completion.”

It’s rare to see a young artist debut with so much work, let along so many bodies of work. Kokoski’s Spare Parts should be something special. Be sure to stop by this Friday.

(Doubting Thomas) 856 Jefferson St., Cleveland, OH 44113

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