June 07 – July 06, 2012

Artist: Yashua Klos

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7, 6-8PM

ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present solo exhibition “Banners” by Yashua Klos at the Front Space.
During the mid-twentieth century, woodblock printing was, for many African American artists, an activist as well as artistic process. Printing multiples allowed for the work to be circulated outside of an exclusive art market. These artists believed that their work would best function where it was most useful – amongst the people. In this ‘Banners’ series, the viewer’s vantage point looks downward upon the subject, while the scale of the figures challenge any pedestrian interaction with the image. Portraiture, in this case, becomes an act of representation where the image itself operates as propaganda.

Yashua Klos received his BFA from Northern Illinois University. After graduating, he studied at L’Atelier Neo Medici in Monflanquin France. In 2005 Klos was awarded a residency at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and in 2009 received his MFA from Hunter College in New York. Klos now teaches at both Hunter College and Parsons The New School for Design. Klos’s works have been reviewed in the New York Times , featured in Essence magazine, and published in Daniel Parker’s African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond. Born in Chicago Illinois, Klos now lives and works in Brooklyn NY.

Image: “Banners” 2008, woodblock print on muslin, 8 x 4 feet

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