Paul Kos

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

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
2x2 1997 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Basho 2007 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Brieftauben 1987 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Can't Get It Right No Matter Where I Go: A Duet in Light and Dark 2005 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Coal Train in 2/4 Time 1996 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s 2017 Curated Compilations, New Releases, Compilations order video    add to wish list
Flørli I 2007 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Flørli IV 2007 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Gargoyle V 1985 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Gargoyle VIII 1985 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Hand Trap 1970 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Ice Makes Fire 1974 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
International Bed and Breakfast 1992 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
La Vache! 1996 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lightning 1976 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Pilot Butte/Pilot Light 1974 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Pit and the Pendulum 1971 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Ramp 1980 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Reflection 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
rEVOLUTION: Notes for the Invasion: mar mar march 1972 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Riley, Roily, River 1975 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Search Olga Gold 1973 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Sirens 1977 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Sympathetic Vibrations 1986 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Sympathetic Vibrations: The Videoworks of Paul Kos 2016 New Releases, Single Artist Compilations, DVD Box Sets order video    add to wish list
Tower of Babel 1987 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
A Trophy/Atrophy 1972 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Warlock(ing) 1971 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list