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KAWS
GOOD INTENTIONS
2015
Courtesy the artist and More Gallery
Photo © Jonty Wilde
KAWS
FINAL DAYS
2013
Wood
602 x 534 x 395 cm
Courtesy of the artist and More Gallery
Photo © Jonty Wilde
KAWS
COMPANION (RESTING PLACE)
2013
Aluminium
153.7 x 160 x 203.2 cm
Courtesy of the artist and YSP PaintedPhoto
© Jonty Wilde
KAWS
COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH)
2010
Fibreglass, metal structure, paint
487.68 x 288.3 cm
Courtesy of the artist, YSP and Galerie Perrotin
Collection of Larry Warsh
Photo © Jonty Wilde
KAWS
BORN TO BEND
2013
Painted aluminum
305 x 191 x 107 cm
Courtesy of the artist and YSP
Photo © Jonty Wilde
KAWS
AT THIS TIME (detail)
2013
Wood
574 x 260 x 215 cm
Courtesy of the artist and More Gallery
Photo © Jonty Wilde
KAWS
ALONG THE WAY
2013
Wood
550 x 448 x 306 cm
Courtesy of the artist and More Gallery
Photo © Jonty Wilde
KAWS
GOOD INTENTIONS
2015
Courtesy the artist and More Gallery
Photo © Jonty Wilde
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KAWS’ Monumental Work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

By Caroline Wall

February 10, 2016

KAWS’ six-month exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) opened in the U.K. this month. The exhibition features his well-known skull-and-crossbones motif and cartoonish figures, including variations on popular children’s television icons, such as Spongebob and Mickey, as well as his original characters. With a sardonic sense of humor, KAWS incorporates “images you can’t escape” into his colossal sculptures of aluminum, bronze, fiberglass, and wood, with his largest piece looming over 30 feet tall.

KAWS in 1997 kicked off his work in sculpture with his vinyl toy designs in Japan, and later opened a popular boutique in Tokyo called OriginalFake. His works impose his trademark X-eyes over commercial figures, taking street art’s “defacement” of familiar brands and icons and translating it into three dimensions. Often mentioned alongside Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, KAWS creates works aptly described as “dystopian,” and incorporates the viewer’s nostalgia into their unsettling effect, infusing childhood figures with tainted imagery.

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KAWS
GOOD INTENTIONS
2015
Courtesy the artist and More Gallery
Photo © Jonty Wilde

In keeping with his discomfort with traditionally “pretentious” showrooms, the artist’s monumental sculptures are found throughout the famous sculpture park’s rolling outdoor landscapes, including Companion (Resting Place) (2013), Companion (OriginalFake) (2006), Accomplice (2010), and Small Lie (2013). . His acrylic paintings, including five new pieces, are on view in YSP’s Longside gallery. The exhibition will be on display through June 12.

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