Klos, Yashua
Born 1977 in Chicago, USA
Lives and works in New York City, USA
Yashua Klos is best known for his large-scale collage works which address issues of identity, race, memory and community. Influenced by his upbringing in Chicago's South Side, Klos challenges the construction and conventions of African-American identity. Notions of marginalisation, masculinity, and urban mythology are unpacked by examining behaviours within these communities. He uses portraiture to highlight narratives of suppression, denial, and pain associated with the vulnerability experienced in black communities and pins this against stoic performances of adaptation and thriving. Recent exhibitions include In Plain Sight, Opa Locka Art Arts and Recreation Center, Florida and the Draw 2014 Symposium at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Klos has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan, the Vermont Studio Center and Bemis. He is the recipient of a 2014 Joan Mitchell Fellowship and a 2015 NYFA Grant.
Yashua Klos, Pour Yourself Out, 2017, Paper construction of woodblock prints on canvas, 193 x 152, Courtesy WHATIFTHEWORLD |Yoshua Klos, 'Worktable', 2014, Collage with woodblocks prints on paper, 304 x 108 cm, Courtesy Galerie Anne de Villepoix

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