Back back
Yashua KLOS

FEATURED WORKS

View more Back Close Back

BIOGRAPHY

Yashua Klos explores issues of identity through the lenses of mythical blackness. His formal construction of disparate collaged images mirrors the constant fracturing and reconciliation of blackness, masculinity and family structures within the black urban environment. Yashua Klos sees collage itself, as a medium, as a metaphor for the fragmentation of African American identity. The artist also references the larger ideas of ancestry, mythology and cosmology. His 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 creates his own shallow cubist space by juxtaposing and overlapping smaller collage elements, twisting and turning their orientation to create the illusion of spatial movement and three- dimensional wall sculpture. The impression of fractured space is furthered by the angled vantage points and foreshortened views of recognizable images.These are collages hung directly, unframed, on the wall that appear to be intricate patterns composed of multiple, repetitive elements that appear from afar as abstract units. What distinguishes Klos’ work is that these small elements are as often representational or figurative as abstract. They converge to create the larger, whole, images, also representational, often portraits and figures emerging out of an unidentifiable pile of rubble. Heads and faces emerge out of abstract shapes that double as both building blocks and debris. This physical complexity echoes the psychological ambiguities that comprise Klos’ subject. Perhaps a sculptor at heart, Klos transforms his two-dimensional collages into three-dimensional illusions, works that are at once flat on the wall and appear built out, more like sculptural reliefs.

Yashua Klos was born in 1977 in Chicago, Illinois and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. 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 have been shown in museums and galleries across the states and internationally, including the Studio Museum of Harlem ; the Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC ; What If The World, Johannesburg, South Africa ; Tilton Gallery, New York City, NY ; UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA. Klos’ first solo museum show is 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. Yashua Klos will have his first solo exhibition with Zidoun Bossuyt Gallery Luxembourg in September 2022.

Read more Back Close Back Download full biography (PDF)

EXHIBITIONS

alt
GROUP SHOW

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
alt
SUMMERTIME: Godwin C. Namuyimba, Yashua Klos, John Madu, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Brian Rochefort and Summer Wheat

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

PRESS

The New York Times A DNA Test Led Yashua Klos to New Connections and New Art May 2022
Seph Rodney
Download article (PDF)
OBSERVER-DISPATCH Labor of Love: Family connection fueled art exhibition at Hamilton College museum May 2022
Steve Howe
Download article (PDF)
The Brooklyn Rail Yashua Klos: Our Labour April 2022
Jillian Russo
Download article (PDF)
Whitewall Magazine Favorites from Untitled Art Miami Beach 2021 December 4, 2021
Eliza Jordan
Download article (PDF)
Artsy editorial The 10 Best Booths at Untitled Art Miami Beach 2021 November 30, 2021
Salomé Gómez-Upegui
Download article (PDF)
Culture Type Latest News In Black Art August 8, 2021
Victoria L. Valentine
Download article (PDF)
Next
Next

news

alt
Artfairs

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery at Art Brussels 2022 I 28 April – 1 May 2022

alt
Artfairs

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery at Art Dubai 2022 I 11 – 13 March 2022

alt
Institutional

Yashua Klos at Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art Hamilton College I 12 February – 12 June 2022

alt
Artfairs

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery at Untitled Art Miami Beach 2021 I 29 Nov – 4 Dec, 2021

alt
Announcements

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery now represents Yashua Klos I July 2021

Next
Next

videos

INAUGURATION GROUP SHOW
8 March - 23 April 2022, 2022
Up UP