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August 22, 2017

Life Beyond New York: The Art of Ken Kaminski
Images AZ Magazine
By Janet Garner


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August 10, 2015

KEN KAMINSKI “Never Forget” SOLO EXHIBITION - PRESS RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 01, through OCTOBER 31, 2015
@ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York

The Rensselaer Newman Foundation Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to present the abstract expressionistic paintings and assemblage oriented paintings by Arizona-based (previously NJ) artist Ken Kaminski, The exhibition, entitled “Never Forget”, includes a stirring sequence of paintings directly responding to the worlds current and recent significant events, including the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, recording in bright, architectural, iconic, expressionistic and sometimes volatile paintings the ‘lived experience’ of an engaged artist processing the event from initial shock to, more than a decade later, signs of recovery and perspective-taking. With Man’s Religions and other paintings Kaminski has also come to see that the events of that day are best seen as a side-effect of the tendency of concretists to polarize the elements of religion devoted to peace and understanding, and use them for nefarious purposes. A curated selection of Kaminski’s paintings will be on view from September 1 through October 31, 2015.
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October 29, 2014

Walter Wickiser gallery presents abstract paintings by Ken Kaminski, from January 31 through February 25, 2015.
The Walter Wickiser gallery is pleased to present the abstract expressionistic paintings and additional assemblage oriented paintings by Arizona-based (previously NJ) artist Ken Kaminski, from January 31 through February 25, 2015. The work includes a stirring sequence of paintings directly responding to the worlds current and recent significant events including the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11, recording in bright, architectural, iconic, expressionistic and sometimes volatile paintings the ‘lived experience’ of an engaged artist processing the event from initial shock to, more than a decade later, signs of recovery and perspective-taking. With Man’s Religion and other paintings Kaminski has also come to see that the events of that day are best seen as a side-effect of the tendency of concretists to polarize the elements of religion devoted to peace and understanding, and use them for nefarious purposes. A curated selection of Kaminski’s paintings will be on view from January 31 through February 25, 2015. 
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August 24, 2014

Art review: 'Kenneth Kaminski - 9/11 Paintings' at Fairleigh Dickinson University
by Dan Bischoff for the Star-Ledger
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September 2, 2014

9/11 Reflected Through Color - The Art of Ken Kaminski
F.A.M.E. NYC Magagzine
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August 24, 2014

Art review: 'Kenneth Kaminski - 9/11 Paintings' at Fairleigh Dickinson University
by Dan Bischoff for the Star-Ledger
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July 24, 2014

Re: PRESS RELEASE:
Kaminski Exhibit at Edward Williams Gallery - FDU
AUG 25 - SEP 26, 2014

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Kenneth Kaminski has created a series of paintings, primarily over the past decades, that evokes the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. His work reflects both the emotional reverberations and the role of religion and ideology as sources of tensions and conflict.

Kaminski was born in Chicago in 1961. He was interested in art making as a young child and with his family regularly visited the Art Institute of Chicago. He went on to study painting at Bradley University in Peoria, IL where he received his BFA graduating magna cum laude in 1984. While at Bradley, Kaminski was encouraged to paint on a large scale by Ken Hoffman, and he became interested in the work of the Abstract Expressionists. His involvement with these painters, including de Kooning, Klein, and Pollock deepened during his graduate study at the Parson's School of Design - Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he received his MFA in 1986.

While at Otis, Kaminski was influenced by Emerson Woefler, an Abstract Expressionist, who was on the faculty. He also developed an affinity for a range of artists including Robert Rauchenberg, for his use of found objects in his paintings, and Mark di Suvero, for his constructed sculptural forms. In the late 1980s, Kaminski made a seminal piece, Inside/Out, which featured wood forms projecting from a gesturally painted panel. In Los Angeles, Kaminski began showing his paintings, which featured vigorous paint handling and bold color.


In 1990, Kaminski and his wife moved to New York, wanting to be involved with the art scene there. While working in graphic design and leading global branding initiatives for major Pharmaceutical Corporations, he produced paintings and showed them in galleries in New York. His exhibition "New York Windows" featured paintings with actual windowpanes that held actual B&W photographs of city buildings and other city images, surrounded by gestural evocations of architecture.

A key painting from the time was Sons of Liberty, which used collaged images photographed in Boston of gravestones from the Revolutionary War period, along with painted geometric forms.

In response to the Gulf War of 1991, Kaminski paintings reflected on the role of oil and culture in the conflict, employing architectural and geometric forms. These works anticipate the artist's impassioned response to the event of 9/11, an outpouring of work that went on for more than ten years. A central work is Man's Religions, a painting that questions how religion shapes ideological conflict. Other works touch on spirituality and human suffering, in direct depictions of the attack on the Twin Towers and in more abstract works. In recent paintings, the artist uses his graphic design sensibility to starkly represent a sense of risk and the opposition of worldviews. Other new paintings show a shift to recovery and remembrance.

Kaminski's paintings have been shown and collected globally.