Czech artist Michael Kukla takes his cues from potent acts of nature: cells rapidly dividing, the searing effect of wind, roots pushing through earth, and employs a range of materials to explore form in both two and three dimensions.
In his drawings, he uses hexagonal shapes that can be manipulated into cubes or flattened into endless nets through a subtle shift in mark-making. His sculpture, however, is primarily focused on carving or subtracting material to reveal a hidden structure. He pierces slabs of marble, pieces of slate or laminated plywood to allow holes of light to permeate the form.
“Though the act of carving is nearly the opposite of ‘building’ shapes in my works on paper, the two pursuits inform one another.”
Untitled 15, 2009, gouache on paper
Hexduo Dark, 2010, gesso and silverpoint on panel
Aircooled 25, 2009, gouache on paper
Beneath South, 2009, marble
Plyflow, 2009, laminated plywood