Kocks is trained in both architecture and sculpture; though his works are at times painterly, with their swooping curves and dripping cascades, his constructions bear the mark of an artist used to considering, as the architect does, light and space. For these works, Kocks has begun using gold, aluminum leaf, and silver materials, allowing him to construct graceful, glinting objects that float delicately above the wooden canvases on which they’re placed—objects that feel solid when approached head-on, yet when viewed at an angle reveal themselves to be intricate slivers of layered paper. With works such as Joy in Spite of Everything (2014), and Self Portrait (2014), the aluminum leaf becomes mystical and opaque; in What a World II (2014) it is as slippery as petroleum. Such is the work of this artist who transforms space into an experience, rather than a static reality.
“The First Round” is on view at Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, Jan. 7–Feb. 25, 2015