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Yashua Klos approaches the idea of identity as multi-faceted, adaptive, and ever-changing. He explores identity as a composite of self-conception, family histories, environmental influences, and mythologies. In his portraiture and collage work, Klos explores how material and social conditions shape one’s identity and experience of moving through the world. His process employs a unique intervention on the traditional method of woodblock printing: carving, inking, and hand-pressure printing to create his own source material for collaging. He then cuts and arranges these separate printed elements to form exquisitely textured, amalgamated portraits.
Fractured small elements converge to create larger whole images, which are also representational, and often portraits. These figures emerge from a substrate that reference Detroit’s Art Deco and woodblock printing tradition as key elements to Klos’ own familial and artistic identity. This complex materiality echoes the psychological layers of identity that comprise Klos’ subjects. Through his use of scale and reference to construction materials- the artist seems to align the act of Black representational image making to the act of building statues or monuments. Perhaps a sculptor at heart, Klos transforms his two-dimensional collages into three-dimensional illusions, works that are at once flat and appear built out, more like sculptural reliefs. Klos’ constructions lead one into an imaginary landscape, at once ancient and futuristic, classic and sci-fi, where identity is both in question and shockingly evident.
Yashua Klos was born in 1977 in Chicago, Illinois and lives in Harlem and works in the Bronx. He is a visual artist who employs a unique process of collaging his own woodblock printed textures to engage ideas about Blackness as an adaptive material for survival strategies. Klos’ work has been shown in museums and galleries across the states and internationally, including the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, What If The World in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tilton Gallery in New York City, and UTA Artist Space in LA. Klos’ first solo museum show was in 2022 at the Wellin Museum in Clinton NY. Klos’ works have been reviewed in the NY Times, and he’s been awarded residencies at Skowhegan, The Vermont Studio Center, and Bemis. He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Fellowship and a NYFA grant. His work is part of the collections of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, The Seattle Museum of Art, and The Wellin Museum at Hamilton College. Yashua Klos presented his first solo exhibition at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg in September 2022.
Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of American artist Yashua Klos in Luxembourg.Exhibition Luxembourg 22 September - 29 October 2022
Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is pleased to present the inauguration group show of its new Dubai gallery with works by Noel W. Anderson, Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, Louis Granet, Yashua Klos, YoYo Lander, John Madu, Mustafa Maluka, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Jayson Scott Musson, Eniwaye Oluwaseyi, Jeff Sonhouse, Summer Wheat and Thomas Zitzwitz.Exhibition Dubai 8 March - 23 April 2022
Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is proud to present new works by Yashua Klos, John Madu, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Godwin Champs Namuyimba, Brian Rochefort and Summer Wheat.Exhibition Luxembourg 29 May - 7 August 2021
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Catalogue of Yashua Klos' exhibition We Hold The WildFlowers at Zidoun-Bossuyt Luxembourg.October 2022
Exhibition Catalogue I Yashua Klos – We Hold The WildFlowers at Zidoun-Bossuyt Luxembourg
Yashua Klos at Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art Hamilton College I 12 February – 12 June 2022