KEN CRO-KEN
                             
         

INTRODUCTION


KEN CRO-KEN
ECO-SYSTEM PAINTER

 

     Ken Cro-Ken



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NEW BOOK BY, KC-K


THE CONDUCT OF PAINT 
by, Ken Cro-Ken
 

ILLUMINATING RALPH WALDO EMERSON'S 
THE CONDUCT OF LIFE
IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
(Published in 1860).



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The concept of earthwork art summons images of soil, wood, water, rock formations and other tangible materials.  ­The greater focus within m­y art experience is nature's process and the invisible forces at work on our planet.  Nature is my collaborator and as such, makes its every influence known.  I am an ecosystem artist developing each 2D and 3D painting in seasonal conditions of high heat and extreme cold, at various levels of humidity, to experience the power of natural elements in response to the materials I lay upon the canvas and elsewhere. 

Working paint like soil, my process is a physical investigation using paint.  
I navigate and negotiate paint like a river; yet, I know its source.  I define my activated palette as "Speed Elements", and reflect deeply on the relationship between the act of painting and the art of nature.  By mixing paints and catalysts, paintings are set in motion to recreate the push-pull forces that shape and mold all visible things and respond to distinctive environmental influences as further inspiration toward the completion of each canvas.  I am an outburst of nature.  Nature doesn’t just influence me, it leads me on a journey.  As I cooperate with nature, she rewards me greatly.   As a partner, nature is generous and I inherit all that she has to offer.  Simply put, I ride nature's coat tails.  As a result, I create microscopic, as well as, satellite views of the earth and places scattered throughout the universe.

While working with this "activated" palette, there is a need to become more sensitive to things occurring around me.  I endeavor to strike a balance between my inner and outer self.  If I fail to maintain this equilibrium, I can become an intruder to my own painting and can potentially scare a paint experiment; much like what often occurs when man finds himself at odds with nature.



"Nature has her own best way of doing each thing 

and has told us plainly along the way; 

and if we choose our own ways, as opposed to Nature's, 

Nature will not be slow in undeceiving us"

-  RALPH WALDO EMERSON -






Photo still from the video, "Bushkill Critters", 2006






"Personally, I love summer but professionally I prefer winter.

I accept that all we create are earthworks. 

Mine is a physical investigation of our planet using paint.

Painting in extreme heat and in below freezing weather

to learn about paint and nature simultaneously.

KC-K




"Brief Moment in Time", mixed media on canvas, 36" x 48"                                                                                                   1995 - 2015



"I mix paints and catalysts to recreate the push-pull forces that shape and mold all things

to create satellite views of the earth and places scattered throughout the Universe.  

These are abstracts waiting to be called realistic, when technology catches up. 

KC-K


 



"Blue Shift", 40" x 30"                                                                               2007 - 2016


If you look closely you can see circular mini paintings on the canvas above.

They serve as microscopes that take a closer look at the surrounding painting.

Conversely, due to self-similarity, (things look the same on small and grand scale),

the mini paintings can serve as telescopes revealing a place that could be 7,000 light years away.






HAYDEN PLANETARIUM BOOK

CITY OF THE STARS

RELEASED DECEMBER 2015


 KC-K featured article with photo of my paintings to illustrate my concepts

connecting my physical investigation of our planet using paint

with the dynamic forces at play in much of the universe.






I create a "paint portal" from which to observe the invisible forces at work in the Universe.



My  "reactive improvisations" with activated paints and nature creates a portal

to observe how the universe appears but more importantly, how it moves.






"Not A Satellite View of Saudi Arabia"                                                                                                       Spring 2016




It goes beyond my imagination, but not my abilities and efforts,

to peer into the vastness of the Universe.






Photo still from "Six Foot Square Snow Painting, Winter 2010", video link below.


Original music by award winning woodwind quintet

Quintet of the Americas



Just as a planet's surface is a visual record of past events, 

my paint experiments come to apparent rest

and could be more accurately be called "painteds".

It is the video that captured images that eluded capture by the canvas

that could more appropriately be called the "painting".






"NUMBER 9 DREAM", mixed media paints on canvas, 60" x 48"                                                               Summer 2014, NY, NY








"Blue Shift #2", 6" x 12", mixed media on canvas                                                                                   Winter 2016







  
Each of the cards I give out offers an original work of art.
One side of my card is not exposed to the elements.
Glued to the other side is the same repeated imagine as the front
and has been exposed to the elements in my outdoor studio.
Nature makes an original of everything it touches…
just as no two snowflakes can be alike.



"Somewhere Out There"  6" x 110"        Winter  2016

I RIDE NATURE'S COATTAILS.



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MULTIPLE ONENESS
TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES
SETTING PAINT AND MUSIC IN MOTION FOR
KEN CRO-KEN, painter     Matt Sullivan electro/acoustic oboe





"The most unusual work I encountered was “Multiple Oneness,” an intriguing performance-art piece
by  the oboist Matt Sullivan and the painter Ken Cro Ken.  While Mr. Sullivan played a melancholy lament
over recorded sounds,   Mr. Cro-Ken poured liquids onto a canvas projected onto a video screen.
The colorful liquids flowed through the painting’s raised surfaces like yellow lava,
swirling in strange tandem with the oboe’s melancholy tunes."  
 
-  
VIVIEN SCHWEITZER,  FEBRUARY 22, 2011   


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BELOW THAT IS THE GALLERY ONCE AGAIN

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  UPCOMING BOOK       

“THE CONDUCT OF PAINT”, by KC-K

      
"THE CONDUCT OF PAINT", by, KC-K
Celebrating the 150+ Anniversary of
"THE CONDUCT OF LIFE"
(by, Ralph Waldo Emerson)




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This is a physical investigation of our planet using paint as a vehicle
  to learn about paint and nature, simultaneously.



NATURE REFUSES TO BE MISMANAGED.
- RALPH WALDO EMERSON -

Simply put, I manipulate space, time and matter... and the matter in not just paint.


MULTIPLE ONENESS - TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES
MATT SULLIVAN, electro/acoustic oboe & KEN CRO-KEN
Setting paint and music into motion.

PHOTO: Ari Mintz for The New York Times 



    

 


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MULTIPLE ONENESS - TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES
SETTING PAINT AND MUSIC IN MOTION.


- THE NEW YORK TIMES -
The most unusual work I encountered was “Multiple Oneness,” an intriguing performance-art piece by the oboist
Matt Sullivan and the painter Ken Cro-Ken. While Mr. Sullivan played a melancholy lament over recorded sounds,
Mr. Cro-Ken poured liquids onto a canvas projected onto a video screen.   The colorful liquids flowed through
the painting’s raised surfaces like yellow lava, swirling in strange tandem with the oboe’s melancholy tunes. 

By VIVIEN SCHWEITZER
Published: February 22, 2011


COMPILATION OF MULTIPLE ONENESS,  TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES
VOLUME ONE 1999 - 2004


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LONGBOAT KEY ISLAND, FLORIDA, 
RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
KEN CRO-KEN

 
"Cro-Ken offers a ...new twist on old 20th-century techniques."

SYMPHONY SPACE, ON BROADWAY AT 95TH STREET

SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE, FLORIDA; (2012)  




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"Bash Bish Falls"  22" x 30", mixed media paints on canvas                                                                                                                                                         2011

 

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