Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Spring / Summer 2020 Yashua Klos

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Yashua Klos

Brooklyn, NY
May 13 - July 1

Yashua Klos is a visual artist represented by Tilton Gallery in New York and Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris. His practice employs a process of collaging woodblock prints to engage ideas about blackness and maleness, as identities that are both fragmented and constructed. His work emerges from his unique cultural perspective as a bi-racial African American and native Chicagoan. Klos’s works have been shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; and Galerie Anne De Villepoix, Paris, France. His works are included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum and The Wellin Museum. His works have been reviewed in The New York Times, and he’s been awarded residencies at Skowhegan, The Vermont Studio Center, and Bemis. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2014) and the New York Foundation for the Arts grant (2015).

“I view the Black body in America as an identity in flux—one that must both resist and hide. With this in mind, I find ways to represent Blackness as both a figurative and abstract form. I’m especially inspired by the resilient beauty of Black Americans, and I'm provoked by the injustice upon Black folks living in the segregated urban landscape."

  • Become A Ghost, 2015, paper construction of woodblock prints on archival paper, 32 x 55.5 inches

  • God of The Ghetto, 2015, paper construction of woodblock prints on archival paper, 35 x 45 inches

  • Pour Yourself Out, 2017, paper construction of woodblock prints on archival paper, 60 x 76 inches

  • Yashua Klos
    Photo by Aaron Graubart

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.