ROLLINS KOS - Studio K.O.S.: The Continuing Legacy of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival - Wexler Gallery

Studio K.O.S.: The Continuing Legacy of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival

January 15, 2021 through March 20, 2021

Studio K.O.S.: The Continuing Legacy of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival
(Selected works from 1991 – 2020)
On view  January 15 –  March 20, 2021 (by appointment)
at Wexler Gallery 201 N 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Studio K.O.S.: The Continuing Legacy of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival is an exhibition that offers a look at the historical artwork of Tim Rollins and K.O.S. alongside artwork from the contemporary practice of Studio K.O.S, the artist collective now continuing the legacy of their long-time mentor Rollins. The two bodies of work are inextricably connected, one being the foundation of the other. The show marks the beginning of a new chapter in which the K.O.S. members take on a leading role, while still being guided by the unchanging principles of transcendence through collaborative art and knowledge.

 

Studio K.O.S.
Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison), 2020
Digital file in continuous loop

Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison), 2020 is inspired by the widespread social unrest triggered by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black and Brown people who have been victimized as a result of their race. The digital work is an ongoing project and will reach its completion with the creation of 1,369 “IM” images. This is a symbolic reference to the 1,369 light bulbs the narrator of The Invisible Man uses to feel alive. The narrator says, “Nothing, storm or flood, must get in the way of our need for light and ever more and brighter light.”

This video is made up of digital files made by participants of Collaborative Workshops for Transcendence through Art and Knowledge led by Studio K.O.S during the summer of 2020. Participants were tasked with creating a personal interpretation of the text using digital tools and a framework established by Studio K.O.S. In the context of an educational workshop, each individual shares their reasoning behind their choices, and participates in a discussion about how the novel relates to contemporary society. 

The Collaborative Workshops took place with students at the University Community Collaborative in Philadelphia, at the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) and with teachers and librarians from Minneapolis sponsored by The Walker Art Center Art Resources Transfer. The project will continue with upcoming collaborations planned in Philadelphia, New York City, and Chicago.

Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison), 2020 is the first major artwork made by Studio K.O.S. following the passing of Tim Rollins. It is built on the collaborative tradition of the group, and represents a new direction. The digital artwork is evolving, interactive, easily shared, and widely accessible.