Koch, Dennis

1978 · United States

Artist biography

Primarily working in the medium of drawing, Dennis Koch makes meticulously structured abstract works inspired by the scientific fields of physics, cosmology, dimensional mathematics, and parapsychology. Saturated with color, often simultaneously psychedelic and highly controlled, Koch’s color pencil drawings are cerebral, meticulous, disciplined, and multilayered. Through principles of mathematics, Jungian archetypes, cycles, sequences, recursions, cymatics, planetary movements, and movement of thought between the brain’s hemispheres, Koch is concerned with underpinnings and structure, vacillating between the macro and the infinitesimal, the obvious and the subliminal. Koch’s Versor Parallel series contemplates the properties and relationships of rotating spheres. The drawings consist of vortices within circles that circumscribe an exponential matrix of triangles. This geometry of vortices, circles, and triangles form a prismatic refraction, an analog to the electromagnetic spectrum, which we perceive as visible light. Koch views these works as an allegory for the kaleidoscopic combination of the twelve Jungian archetypes within people or even the cosmological myth of our solar system having once been inhabited by twelve planets. Koch has exhibited in Los Angeles with Karl Hutter Fine Art, Happy Lion, Kantor Gallery, High Energy Constructs, and at the Torrance Art Museum, at Galerie Sabine Kunst in Munich, and Miyake Fine Art in Tokyo. In 2013, Koch was highlighted as one of 7 emerging male artists to watch in Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. He currently lives and works in Iowa.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most significant art centre in the world.

Leading art movements established and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Koch, Dennis

Born in 1978, Koch, Dennis' creative work was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the 1980s was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. significant art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Koch, Dennis

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