Paul Kos has been an artist and teacher for 35 years. He responds to simple, humble materials and the indigenous elements of specific sites, which he mines for their physical properties and metaphoric possibilities. Everything Matters, a traveling retrospective of his work, was organized by the University of California Berkeley Art Museum in 2003. Kos's installations and videos have also been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Capp Street Project, San Francisco; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco.
The Spanish "aqui, aca, alli, alla", meaning "right here, here, there, over there," describes his work. Here, there, everywhere. Rather than having a signature or trademark, his work is linked conceptually. The concepts are often generated by life style events. For example, in jest, the author of a survival book on fire making said, as a last resort, if no matches, use a magnifying lens, if no lens, make one out of ice. So, Paul Kos did!
When Super Bowl Sunday's halftime commercials started influencing his video students with their 1,000 edits a minute pace, Kos stacked 27 video monitors, 9 high and 3 wide, to comprise a contemplative, architectural, 27 channel, stained glass window, CHARTRES BLEU, with no edits and time slowed down.
Kos opts for, but never expects, partly cloudy becoming mostly sunny.
Available Titles by Paul Kos
|Can't Get It Right No Matter Where I Go: A Duet in Light and Dark||2005||Single Titles|
|Coal Train in 2/4 Time||1996||Single Titles|
|The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s||2017||Curated Compilations, New Releases, Compilations|
|Flørli I||2007||Single Titles|
|Flørli IV||2007||Single Titles|
|Gargoyle V||1985||Single Titles|
|Gargoyle VIII||1985||Single Titles|
|Hand Trap||1970||Single Titles|
|Ice Makes Fire||1974||Single Titles|
|International Bed and Breakfast||1992||Single Titles|
|La Vache!||1996||Single Titles|
|Lightning||1976||Early Video Art, Single Titles|
|Pilot Butte/Pilot Light||1974||Single Titles|
|Pit and the Pendulum||1971||Single Titles|
|rEVOLUTION: Notes for the Invasion: mar mar march||1972||Single Titles|
|Riley, Roily, River||1975||Early Video Art, Single Titles|
|Search Olga Gold||1973||Early Video Art, Single Titles|
|Sirens||1977||Early Video Art, Single Titles|
|Sympathetic Vibrations||1986||Single Titles|
|Sympathetic Vibrations: The Videoworks of Paul Kos||2016||New Releases, Single Artist Compilations, DVD Box Sets|
|Tower of Babel||1987||Single Titles|
|A Trophy/Atrophy||1972||Early Video Art, Single Titles|
|Warlock(ing)||1971||Early Video Art, Single Titles|