K.K. Kozik

Roebling Hall

To say that K.K. Kozik is primarily an imagemaker rather than a painter does not mean her images could exist just as easily in some other medium. In their fusion of the fantastic and banal into a quirky but immediately recognizable Americana, Kozik’s paintings might share certain affinities with, say, Gregory Crewdson’s photographs, but her work is bound up with the idea of the handmade surface, though in the paradoxically recessive form of a kind of all-American plainness. There could be something irritatingly commonplace about how these strange and often resonant images were painted; instead, their very ordinariness often lent an air of familiarity that adds to the credibility of, for instance, a fancy four-poster bed perched atop a craggy desert outcropping like something in Monument Valley, as in an untitled work of 1995—a typically Kozik crystallization of yearning, isolation, and

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