I Want Your Orange Blood in My Muddy Pockets is the first solo show of New-york-based artist Brian Kokoska in Madrid. The show comprises a total of 5 artworks created by the artist last summer in Olas art residency, in Ibiza, organized by Ricardo Mirat.
Mirat Projects Gallery is pleased to invite you to the new upcoming exhibition “I Want Your Orange Blood in My Muddy Pockets” from artist Brian Kokoska. The show will be open to the public from Friday 23th of November 2018 until the 8th of January 2019.
Kokoska (Vancouver, 1988), paints and sculpts fictional characters that remind us of impervious masks, vulnerable and expressive at the same time. History and portrait practice inspire his work; masks and its employment in other cultures; young culture; the androgyny; and what he describes as a "post-gender identity".
Like any other discourse that implies movement, the exhibition is a symphony of the alter-ego. Kokoska includes the work of other artists adding them to the mix. This time two pieces by two heroes: in this first instance, Picasso’s drawing of a clown from 1963, in a counter back, later it will be Paul McCarthy’s Gold Butter Dog 1, Guggenheim Crown, 2003.
The show’s title, I Want Your Orange Blood in My Muddy Pockets, sounds like the start of a sweaty fever dream because it is. Kokoska takes on his nightmares with humor close at hand.
Kokoska has had numerous solo exhibitions, at NADA (NY), Valentin (Rome), LOYAL (Stockholm), Ohmydays (Singapore), and Preteen Gallery (Mexico City), among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at international institutions such as White Columns (NYC), Musee des BeauArts (Mons), and Maine College of Art’s ICA (Portland).