Elektra KB

Biography

 

Elektra KB
 
Biography
Elektra KB was born in Odessa, Ukraine and was raised in Bogotá, Colombia. The artist recieved her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, in Visual and Critical Studies with Honors. She is currently getting her MFA from Hunter College. 
 
Artist's Statement
My work has been focused on the alienating experiences of humanity, anti-natural behaviors and the absurd self destructive path that humanity seeks. The willing, a blind purposeless striving, an irrational urge or impulse prior to thought that can unleash human’s capacity for barbarity which encompasses: War, oppression, total disregard of other species (specisism), terrorism of state, sexual aggression and objectification of women, false moral and neocolonialism. Humans are alienated from their own humanity and animality. My work has also autobiographical elements. I have been working with photography, painting, collage, fiber, video and installation. I do fiber work in which I incorporate photographs printed on canvas, embroidery and felt appliqué stitched in to fabrics.
The Insurgent Women series evoke the destruction and horror of warfare and its absurdity as a megalomaniac compulsion of gluttony in humankind. The Theocratic Republic Of Gaia, is a fictitious world that I have created where my characters exist; The Papess, the Theocratic Army, etc…The Theocratic republic is a globalized civilization where the population gets brainwashed and forgets what reality is. Contemporary society is trapped in a world of lies staged by the powerful governments and corporations; they are the new theocratic governments, becoming more important than god. The media and consumerism are the new subjects of doctrine and adoration. These happenings are producing a brainwashed society, which the powerful are aiming to manipulate. In the Theocratic Republic Of Gaia, the possibility of a worldwide staging of an artificial "return of Christ" is awaited, and efforts to establish a theocratic, fascist world government are taking place. It also predicts an imminent period of intense geological and social upheaval during which tensions built up over centuries will be discharged.

 

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EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, Hunter College, New York, NY.
2015
Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
2014
BFA School Of Visual Arts, Visual and Critical Studies with Honors. New York, 2012

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

2013
There are Women at the Gates Seeking a New World, BravinLee Programs (Project room), New York, NY
The Cathara Insurgent Women Vs The Theocratic Republic of Gaia Beings, (Project room), Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014
Art on the Edge The New Contemporary, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Art Vilnius contemporary art fair, Galleri Tryffelgrisen, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2013
Untitled Art Fair, BravinLee Programs Booth, Miami, FL.
All The Best People, 1 to 1 Gallery, New York, NY
Changing The World Through Art, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Art on the Edge The New Contemporary, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2012
Art on the Edge, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York
Volta art fair, Company booth, New York
It's All In Your Head, SVA West side Gallery, New York

2011
Aqua art fair, Visual Arts Gallery booth, Miami
Odeon Contemporary Art Fair, El Garaje Gallery booth, Bogotá
Action! Weekend, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle
Action! II, Ghost Gallery, Seattle
Social Realms, SVA Gallery, New York
Dazed & Confused: Dazed Live Declare Independence! Video art festival, London

2010
Los Cuatro, El Garaje Gallery, Bogotá
Social, SVA Visual Arts Museum, New York
Armory Arts Week 2010, (two person show) Local Project LIC, New York

AWARDS AND HONORS

2014-2015
DAAD fellowship. Berlin, Germany
Hunter College fellowship

2012
SVA Alumni Society Award

2008-2012
Chairman's Merit Award, School Of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Visual and Critical Studies Merit Award, School Of Visual Arts, New York, NY

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2014

Nathan Emily, "The Stitched, Collaged and Chillingly Violent Female Warriors of Artist Elektra KB" ARTnews, April 2014 issue, page 112

2013
Cembalest Robin, "Miami Recap: Is There a Global Art Esthetic?" ARTnews, web exclusive, Posted 12/11/13
Krafcik Hannah, "Interview with Elektra KB", NYC Art Scene. June 15th, 2013.
Grove Anxel, "Las Mujeres Insurgentes de la Artista Elektra KB", 20 Minutos. June 3rd, 2013.

2012
Riechers Angela , "What's The Stitch", Visual Arts Journal. Fall issue.
Ray Lemoine, "Leigha Mason on Downtown Art: ‘Most Of It Sucks, Some Of It Is Relevant", The Local East Village in collaboration with The New York Times. November 12, 2012.
Nuzzo Jane, "Elektra KB", Visual Arts Journal. Fall issue.
Petersen Christian, "The Radical Art of Elektra KB", Société Perrier, September 24, 2012.
Hamptons Arts Hub, "Survey of Edgy Contemporary Art Arrives in East Hampton", June 17, 2012

2011
COMPANY, "30 UNDER 40 EMERGING ART MAVENS". June 14.
Oliver William, "DAZED LIVE: Christian Peterson Wants You" Dazed Digital, Dazed & Confused Magazine. Arts & Culture. July.

 

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