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Dennis Koch

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<I>CUTOUTS</I><br>DENNIS KOCH: <i>BEYOND THE FUNNY FARM! CRYPTO-K, CUTOUTS, CUT-UPS, COPIES, MIRRORS, MEMBRANES, AND TEMPORAL ALGORITHMS</i>, INSTALLATION VIEW, 2018

CUTOUTS
DENNIS KOCH: BEYOND THE FUNNY FARM! CRYPTO-K, CUTOUTS, CUT-UPS, COPIES, MIRRORS, MEMBRANES, AND TEMPORAL ALGORITHMS, INSTALLATION VIEW, 2018

HAND-CUT MAGAZINES AND DISPLAY SHELF

VARIABLE DIMENSIONS

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 of drawings are experiments in hemispheric discontinuity and parallel-processing. Analogous to the bifurcated hemispheres of the human brain, these dense color 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 "Versor Parallels," the properties and relationships of rotating spheres are contemplated further. These drawings consist of circumscribed vortices, which create 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's newest body of work enters the world of collage and assemblage. The "Cutouts" begin with vintage copies of LIFE magazines, each carved page by page to reveal interior images. Known as the first all-photographic American news magazine, LIFE revitalized itself during the 1960s in response to the popularity of television media. Koch's interest in LIFE as a cultural artifact stems from a time-parallel between contemporary political upheaval and the equally tumultuous events of the 1960s. Koch transforms the magazines into "Cutouts," hand-cut magazines with collage that offer visual patterns, ironic juxtapositions, humor, or criticism uncovered through meticulous X-Acto knife excavations. The "Cutouts" interrupt and reconstruct common narrative strategies by altering an object designed to be read in a linear page-turning fashion, creating correlations between cover stories and interior culture-influencing advertising or photojournalism, and by compressing past, present, and future into one legible space.

Koch has previously exhibited in Los Angeles with Karl Hutter Fine Art, Happy Lion, Kantor Gallery, High Energy Constructs, the Torrance Art Museum, Galerie Sabine Knust in Munich, and Miyake Fine Art in Tokyo. Koch's work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, The Huffington Post, San Francisco Magazine, BMORE Art, LA Art News, and on Daily Serving. He currently lives and works between Los Angeles and Iowa.

BRIEF CV

Born 1978, Cedar Falls, IA
Lives and works in Iowa and Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION

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

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Beyond the Funny Farm! Crypto-K, Cutouts, Cut-ups, Copies, Mirrors, Membranes, and Temporal Algorithms, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2016
Tower/Tunnel: Versor Parallel, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2015
CATCH 22 X TWO, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
World is Square, Knust x Kunz +, Munich, Germany

2013
The Grey Wolf Devours the King, Marine Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2012
Greeting for Summer 2012, Miyake Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan
Standing Waves, Marine Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Downy Head, Kantor Gallery Los Angeles, CA

2009
Circles, Karl Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hills, 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, the Netherlands

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018
Bowie, Summer. "Dennis Koch Solo Exhibition at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles," AUTRE, Jul. 31, 2018
Farley, Michael Anthony. "Wildfire: A 48 Hour LA Art Guide," Bmore Art, Jul. 25, 2018
"Dennis Koch at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles," Wall Street International, Jul. 3, 2018
Arnold, Margaret. "Nathan Gluck and Dennis Koch at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles," LA Art News, Jul. 2018

2015
Rojas Torres, Jesus Manuel. "Catch 22 X Two by American-Born Artist Dennis Koch at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles," WUM News L.A., Mar. 5, 2015
LeClair, Mark. "Catch 22 X Two / Gallery Luis De Jesus," Before It's News, Feb. 15, 2015

2013
Meyers, Andrew. "Brushstrokes of Genius: Dennis Koch: The Colorist by Numbers," LA Confidential, Oct. 2013

2012
"Dennis Koch's Colorful Super-Systems," The Huffington Post, Feb. 11, 2012

2011
"The New Alchemists," San Francisco Magazine, Apr. 2011

2009
Pagel, David. "Art Review: The 'Newest' at Phil," The Los Angeles Times, Dec.18, 2009

2008
Wagley, Catherine. "Dennis Koch and Claudia Nieto," DailyServing.com, July 2008

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