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Litmus

Litmus

On the occasion of a meeting of the editors for the journal ARTMargins, MIT Press, Angela Harutyunyan organized a show of artists who have collaborated with ARTMargins: Media Farzin and Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Aras Ozgun, Honza Zamojski and myself at 392RMEIL393 in Beirut.

ArtMargins (2/2), out in June, will include a 16 page spread of a new project under the title “nuns fret not…”
A continuation of the work begun in icehouse  in 2010, it re-contextualizes previous art work of mine into a meta-narrative. All characters in this project share the same face, the face of Litmus, an alter ego I made for my work based on an FBI shooting target. In the next installment of this project the nun will undergo a sex change and become a capitalist…

Nuns fret not…

June 2013 in Art Margins, (2/2), MIT Press

This is the story of a nun who upon visiting a monument to the American saint Isaac Jogues, which shows the missionary carving in a tree to illustrate his message, recognizes in him a Missionary Artist. She then persuades her convent to let her and her fellow sisters train in Missionary Art via a study-by-mail artist’s course. What follows are example pages of this course that include course work done by the nuns and critical responses by the Famous Artists Course faculty. Finally there is an undated letter by the same nun in which she expresses the realization that this education was never meant to emancipate her to become a “Missionary Artist”, but rather to keep the convent occupied and calm.

Lebanese coffee paintings

no title [Nasser's middle finger]
coffee on canvas
78 3/4″ x 78 3/4″, 200 x 200cm
2010

morgana [San Remo 1920]
coffee on canvas
118 1/8″ x 78 3/4″,200 x 300cm
2010

neversink

 

Kasper Kovitz – neversink

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½” cold – rolled steel pipe
Length: 42’ 9”, 13m 29cm
Width: 13’ 4”, 4m 7cm
Hight: 8” 4”, 2m 54cm

2011

…buen viaje, caballeros. Have a good time in England.

www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/kasper_kovitz

oxblood and carnalitos – Bilbao 2010

Three months in Bilbao painting Conquistadores in ox blood.

There is a color that Basques used to paint their houses with, rouge Basque, that originally was made out of cattle blood. When I started working on images of the Conquistadores coming on land and encountering Natives, I decided to use ‘exotic fruit juice mix’ for the Natives. The fruit juice was so faint at first, that I had to paint them over and over again to make them visible at all. This circumstance and having to make the decision if the landscape should be painted in fruit juice or already in ox blood, of the same property as the Conquistadores, made for a strange feeling while painting them.

I also made  ‘Carnalitos’, two sculptures of Miguel de Unamuno and Sabino Arana carved of legs of jamon iberico. The sculptures are a pair. These two Basque characters have a significant role in the Basque independence struggle but stood on two opposing political sides: moderation and nationalism. Carnalitos is an expression in Spanish for close friends as in “of the same blood”.

Parime [galleons]
oxblood on paper
31 3/16″ x 23 1/4″, 79.5 x 59cm
2010

Parime [Ponce de Leon]
oxblood on paper
29 5/8″ x 22 11/16″, 75.2 x 57.6cm
2010

Parime [Amerikanuak]
oxblood on ‘exotic fruitjuice mix’ on paper
30 5/8″ x 22 7/16″, 77.8 x 57cm
2010Parime [de Soto]
oxblood on ‘exotic fruitjuice mix’ on paper
30 1/8″ x 22 11/16″, 76.8 x 57.6cm
2010Parime [akelarre]
oxblood on ‘exotic fruitjuice mix’ on paper
21 1/4″ x 14 9/16″, 54 x 37cm
2010Carnalitos [Arana]
jamon iberico, concrete
12 3/16″ x 18 1/2″ x 11 7/16″, 31 x 47 x 29cm
2010Carnalitos [Arana] leftCarnalitos [Arana] closeCarnalitos [Unamuno]
jamon iberico, concrete
11 7/16″ x 19 5/8″ x 11 7/16″, 29 x 50 x 29cm
2010

Carnalitos [Unamuno] backCarnalitos [Unamuno] close

Made possible through a workshop grant  from BilbaoARTE and individual grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Bundesministerium fuer Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur. Thank you for the support.

ice house

icehouse2

icehouse

icehouse movie

icehouse21

icehouse interior

icehouse interior walk-through

Kasper Kovitz – icehouse [Nova Scotia, Canada] 2010

transition sap – pee

pecher

Pecher

Pecher; pine sap on paper; 2009; 11 1/14″ x 17 5/8″

sap cabins

sap cabins

sap cabins; pine sap on paper; 2008; 26 1/2″ x 19 3/4″

Das Red River Thal

Das Red River Thal

Heimsuche Detail

Heimsuche Detail

Heimsuche [Das Red River Thal]; pine sap on paper; 2007; 39 3/4” x 26”

small sap

small sap

small sap; pine sap on paper; 2009; 9 1/2″ x 12 3/8″

fox and pine

fox and pine

fox and pine; fox urine and pine sap; 2009; 18 1/2″ x 12 3/4″

Foxes

Foxes

Foxes; fox urine; 2008; 9 1/2″ x 12 3/8″

bob

Bob

Bob; bobcat urine on paper; 2009; 11 3/4″ x 8 1/4″

no title

no title

no title; coyote urine; 2008; 9 1/2″ x12 3/8″

What to do with Governors Island: NUTTEN

1) install cameras on the island.

2) tear off the landings and piers and close the island to the public – forever.

3) put the cameras online. Now everybody can verify the island is really vacated.

4) go back to calling the island “Nutten”.

Nutten (formerly Governors Island)

Nutten (formerly Governors Island)

160-acre vacated island, cameras connected to free-access TV and web.

Kasper Kovitz 2009

For more information on, and to support this project become a fan on Facebook for: What to do with Governors Island: NUTTEN

nor did I want to leave

nor did I want to leave & no title [map]

nor did I want to leave & no title [map

untitled [map], 2009, painted plywood, lacquer, 30 1/8″ x 35 1/4″, 76.5×89.5cm