Roberts & Tilton is pleased to present an exhibition of new multimedia works by Kori Newkirk. Known for his uninhibited fusion of unusual and traditional materials with an equally diverse set of technical strategies, the exhibition will include sculptures, mixed media photographs and works on paper.
Creating tension between the narrative weight of materials and formal abstraction, Newkirk's practice opens up a dynamic swath of conceptual territory where history, technology and socio-economic considerations collide freely with artistic practice and visual pleasure.
For this new body of work, Newkirk turns his attention to the wheel and its multiple values as a literal and metaphorical vehicle for narrative, its rigidity as a core element of geometry, and its openness as a shape deeply charged with symbolic value.
Kori Newkirk received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1997 and his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. In addition to a monographic survey at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2008) and the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2008), Newkirk has had solo exhibitions at The Project, New York (2009, 2006), LAXART, Los Angeles (2008), MC, Los Angeles (2006), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2005), and Locust Projects, Miami, Florida (2005). Group exhibitions include Blues for Smoke, MOCA, Los Angeles (2013), Meet Me Inside, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (2010), Selections from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2010), the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, DAK'ART: 7th Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal (2006), Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2005-6), the 2004 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, and Freestyle at The Studio Museum of Harlem (2001). Kori Newkirk currently lives and works in Los Angeles.