ARTSpeak Lecture: Artist Yashua Klos

Artist Yashua Klos speaks on Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, 3-4:30pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

In his multi-media practice, Yashua Klos explores themes of identity, memory, and African Americans’ relationship to American labor, His large-scale works are created from the intricate formation of woodblock prints, representing ideas of Blackness through multi-dimensional , fragmented portraits. Unlike traditional collage arranged from ready=made source material, Klos creates all his collage material through woodblock printing and monotypes. His work reimagines the Black body as an alchemical being, surviving and existing with intertwined networks of history, myth and lived reality.

Yashua Klos was born in 1977 in Chicago, IL, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been shown in museums and galleries across the U.S. and abroad, including the Studio Museum of Harlem, NY; What If The World Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa; Tilton Gallery, NY; and UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA. He has been awarded artist residences at Skowhegan, The Vermont Studio Center, and Bemis and was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Fellowship and a NYFA grant.