Toys Upcycled Into Sculpture By Kris Kuksi

Unwanted toys, frames and plastic model kits are recreated into fantastic sculptures by Kris Kuksi.

By turning old plastic soldiers, dolls and tanks into sculpture, all that plastic is kept out of the landfill, long term.

kris kuksi artThe Deadly Sins, 2007, 40″ x 24″ x 8.5″

reuse of old toysThe Deadly Sins, detail.

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Kris Kuksi with Imminent Utopia, 2008.

kris kuksi artImminent Utopia, 2008, 132″ x 72″ x 19″

kris kuksi artImminent Utopia, detail,

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The Recreation, 2009, 31″ x 24″

the recreation detail
The Recreation, detail,

oedipus in contemplation

Oedipus in Contemplation, 2010, 19.5″ x 26″ x 11″

oedipus in contemplation detail
Oedipus in Contemplation, detail.

hercules v dianaHercules vs Diana, 2011, 26″x28″x10″

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Hercules vs Diana, detail.

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The Surrender of Helios, 2011, 32″x27″x10″

recycled toys into art
The Surrender of Helios, detail.

toys recycled into art
The Evidence of Tyranny, 2011, 34″x41″

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The Emperor, 2010, 22″ x 21″

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The Emperor, detail.

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A Neo-Roman Landscape, 2010, 37″ x 47″

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A Neo-Roman Landscape, detail.

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Ode to Herculaneum, 2011, 17.5″ x 22″

old toys into art
Ode to Herculaneum, detail.

kuksi decision 2-0The Decision, 2007, 30″ x 30″ x 9″

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ChurchTank Type 8, 2010, 18″ x 26″ x 9.5″

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If you were wondering whether Kris can draw and paint, yes, very adeptly.

About Kris Kuksi

Born March 2nd 1973, in Springfield, Missouri, and growing up in neighboring Kansas, Kris spent his youth in rural seclusion and isolation along with a blue-collar working mother, two much older brothers and an absent father. Open country, sparse trees, and later alcoholic stepfathers, perhaps paved the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion. His fascination with the unusual lent to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque, to him it seemed, was beauty.

In adulthood Kris’ art blossomed as a breakthrough to personal freedom from the negative environments experienced in youth. He soon discovered his distaste for the typical and popular culture of American life and felt that he had always belonged to the “Old World”. In personal reflection, he feels that much of mankind in the world today is elastic and fragile, being driven primarily by greed and materialism. He hopes that through his art he exposes his audience to the awareness of the fallacies of Man.

His work has received several awards and prizes and has been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Follow Kris on Facebook:

Kris Kuksi Artist Statement

I get inspired by the industrial world, all the rigidity of machinery, the network of pipes, wires, refineries, etc. Then I join that with an opposite of flowing graceful, harmonious, and pleasing design of the Baroque and Rococo. And of course I add a bit weirdness and the macabre. It’s all about how I see the evolution of what man makes his created environment look like. I had such a major emphasis in painting and drawing earlier in my career, and had a great time with it but I always felt something was missing. I knew deep inside I was a builder, and so my 3-d work is the expansion into that realm. I still enjoy painting and doing figurative work, but those moments are reserved for special times. Yet sculptural works are wonderfully intricate constructions of pop culture effluvia like plastic model kits, injection molded toys, dolls, plastic skulls, knick-knack figurines, miniature fencing, toy animals, mechanical parts and ornate frames or furniture parts; assembled into grotesque tableaux that look a bit like an explosion in Hieronymus Bosch’s attic.

My art speaks of a timelessness; potentiality and motion attempting to reach on forever, and yet pessimistically delayed; forced into the stillness of death and eternal sleep. I treat morbidity with a sympathetic touch and symbolize the paradox of the death of the individual by objective personification of death. There is a fear of this consciousness because it drops in upon us without mercy, and yet there is a need to appeal to it in order to provide a sense of security, however deluded that sense may be. My art warns us that this appeal is irrelevant, and that we should be slow to create a need for it. The themes I use also teach us that although death may pursue us arbitrarily, we should never neglect to mourn the tremendous loss of individual potential.

Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.

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