Felix Kulpa Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming show:
Alpine Goat to Zebu: Alphabet of Oddball Animals 2014 Exhibition
Opening Reception August 1, 6 – 9 pm
Innovative Artist Transforms Junk into Quirky Animal Sculptures
Alpine Goat to Zebu: Alphabet of Oddball Animals 2014 follows Peter Koronakos’ popular exhibitions over the last few years at the Felix Kulpa Gallery and again showcases the artist’s creativity with found objects and their transformation into animal sculptures. Each piece is created to express the essence of the animal – the “monkiness” of a monkey or the “squirrelness” of a squirrel.
“This body of work goes way beyond creative ‘recycling;’ Koronakos’ whimsical, playful and thought-provoking animals and creatures are extremely intriguing and creative,” say
s George Rivera, Art Juror and former Executive Director & Senior Curator at Santa Clara’s Triton Museum of Art.
All letters of the alphabet will be represented at Felix Kulpa and the well-received treasure hunt game will again be provided for the curious at heart. The exhibition will run August 2 – 31, 2014. Koronakos will be available to talk to guests at the First Friday reception August 1st from 6pm-9pm.
Koronakos, a master craftsman with a eye for fine detail, is also a connoisseur of interesting junk. A tennis racket becomes a monkey’s arms or, when strung with rusty nails, becomes a fish’s mouth. Garden hoes become a flamingo’s feet and an old colorful potato ricer becomes a pelican’s head. Koronakos has created animal sculptures for the last 15 years. He exhibits his sculptures locally and nationally and has participated in Santa Cruz County Open Studios.
“I am mainly an assemblage artist, taking great inspiration from found, salvaged, and collected materials,” explains Koronakos. “The materials themselves speak to me and jostle for inclusion in the animal sculptures I make. I utilize a wide variety of techniques – welding, photographic processes, and woodworking – and assorted materials – wood, steel, glass, paint and a wide range of found objects.”
As a child growing up in the Midwest, Koronakos kept his pockets full of interesting found objects – including Cracker Jack prizes; a Zippo lighter, broken watches, a steel whistle from WWII, and worn stones from Lake Michigan. Nothing much has changed and today Koronakos’ pocket collection includes a packet of tobacco seeds; a Morgan silver dollar; an old brass compass, Greek worry beads, and a bullet or two.
Felix Kulpa Gallery opened in December 1999. Director Robbie Schoen calls the gallery "the found object art world headquarters.”
For more information about Koronakos, or for a preview of the exhibition, go to www.peterkoronakos.com or contact Paula Kenyon at 831-345-9081.
The FELIX KULPA GALLERY’s address is: 107 Elm Street, Santa Cruz, California. The Gallery is located right behind STREETLIGHT RECORDS on Pacific Avenue, directly across from the METRO BUS STATION. The Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon until 5PM. For Appointments or information call Gallery Director Robbie Schoen at (408)373-2854.
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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