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Dennis Koch

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UNTITLED (VERSOR PARALLEL)

UNTITLED (VERSOR PARALLEL), 2015

COLOR PENCIL ON PAPER

42 X 34 INCHES

ARTIST STATEMENT

I see drawing as a way to preoccupy my hand with a recursive physical task, freeing up my mind to move in more non-linear directions. A means to distract the physical to examine the non-physical. Prestidigitation. I experiment with alternatives to old-fashioned "blunt" manmade mark-making: My retrofitted electrical eraser draws a curious jaunty line. I use a power sander with Velcro and pigments as a means of distortion. I build pencils into rotary tools or mount them in the chuck of a hand drill to create numerous types of scratches, scars, and blotches. Very Mary Shelley.

Books and journals of science fact and fiction often serve as signposts for me: superposition, interferometry, set theory, or plasma physics, combined with Philip K. Dick, Stanislaw Lem, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Arthur C. Clarke. Feedback loops of expansion and contraction become apparent and manifest in my drawings. Marks build and accrue into a model for the infinite. Layered axial planes of color suggest simultaneous realities. Untethered anthropomorphic bodies flow inward and outward and return back like meandering quantized timelines. Dick and Clarke live in every line. Lem in every mark. My own physicality becomes the point of intersection for all these voices and directions. Drawings as avatars. Two-dimensional homunculi.

I often construct my drawings according to prescribed steps or progressions, some of which become artifacts, while others lie dormant below the finished image. For instance, in my large "Scrambled Channel" drawings, I lie on my large work table with the intention of generating visual "impressions" using a form of light meditation or remote viewing. I sketch these impressions into pre-drawings and diagrams, somewhat akin to how automatic writing was used by James Joyce or W.B. Yeats and numerous Surrealist artists of the early 1900s. Over time, these works have become less anthropomorphic and more like plasmatic geomagnetic field-lines known as "Birkeland Currents."

My ongoing "Circle Set" series are studies in brain hemispheric discontinuity and parallel-processing. Analogous to the bifurcated human brain, these works consist of two warped sets of five rings, each encircling a blank white oculate. The neutral center points focalize the viewer's attention, allowing the vibrant, often dissonant sets of rings to be cross-processed in unison. This also has a relationship to "Birkeland Currents" as the toroidal shape of these drawings resembles how magnetic fields radiate out around an object like a planet.

In my newest bodies of works, the "Versor Parallels" and "Singular Versor" works, I'm advancing my examination of the properties and relationship of rotating spheres. The "Versor Parallels" drawings consist of twelve circles that circumscribe an exponential matrix of triangles. This geometry of vortices, circles, and triangles form a prismatic refraction—an analog to the visible light of the electromagnetic spectrum we interpret as color. These two series contemplate on many concepts of interest: Physical material being a "resultant wave" of cascading harmonic interference patterns. A kaleidoscopic visualization of twelve Jungian archetypes or the echo of a solar system that once had twelve planets instead of nine. The dissonant resonance of the asteroid belt. Phantom planets as phantom limbs. Run Pluto run.

BRIEF BIO

Primarily working in the medium of drawing, Koch makes meticulously structured abstract works inspired by the scientific fields of physics, cosmology, dimensional mathematics, and parapsychology. Koch's ongoing Circle Set series are experiments in hemispheric discontinuity and parallel-processing. Analogous to the bifurcated hemispheres of the human brain, these dense colored pencil drawings consist of two warped sets of five rings, each encircling a blank white oculate. These blank center points focalize the viewer's attention leaving the vibrant, often-dissonant sets of rings to be subliminally cross-processed in unison. The toroidal shape of these drawings also closely resembles how magnetic fields radiate out around a planet. The resulting experience is similar to neuroscientist Robert Monroe's use of oscillating binaural auditory tones. These tones stimulate and harmonize brainwaves promoting an experience of altered states of consciousness.

In Koch's newest body of work, "Versor Parallels", the properties and relationship of rotating spheres is contemplated further. These drawings consist of six vortices within twelve circles that circumscribe an exponential matrix of triangles. This geometry of vortices, circles, and triangles form a prismatic refraction, an analog to the electromagnetic spectrum, which we perceive as visible light. Koch views these works as an allegory for the kaleidoscopic combination of the twelve Jungian archetypes within people or even the cosmological myth of our solar system having once been inhabited by twelve planets.

Koch has previously exhibited in Los Angeles with Karl Hutter Fine Art, Happy Lion, Kantor Gallery, High Energy Constructs, Galerie Sabine Knust in Munich, and Miyake Fine Art in Tokyo. In September 2012, Koch exhibited in the group exhibition, XYZ: The Geometric Impulse in Abstract Art, at the Torrance Art Museum. In November 2013, Koch was highlighted as one of 7 emerging male artists to watch in Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California

BRIEF CV

EDUCATION
BFA, Studio Art Practice, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
BA, Political Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
CATCH 22 X TWO, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2013
The Grey Wolf Devours the King, Marine Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Versor Parallel, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CA
2015
Three Day Weekend: Party in Back, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic LA, Piaza, Paris, France
2014
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
Salon 2014, Galerie Zurcher, New York, NY
2013
The Archaic Revival, Zic Zerp, Rotterdam, Netherland

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