Kobi Walsh (b. 1995) is a Brooklyn-based photographic and sculptural visual artist whose work focuses on highlighting the subjectivity of our perspective. He captures intricate impressionistic fragments of light and time in order to parallel the fragile nature of our individual reality. Not relying on digital manipulation, Kobi’s work explores themes of authenticity and the transience of the present moment. He received a B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from Tufts University, incorporating an understanding of the neurological foundations of perception to play with our expectations of light and color. Kobi’s work has been exhibited internationally with upcoming exhibitions at both The Other Art Fair Brooklyn and Chicago, as well as Superfine! Art Fair in Seattle and is currently working out of his studio at Mana Contemporary. He has won 33 awards for his photography from organizations such as PX3 Prix de La Photographie Paris, the International Photography Awards, Moscow International Foto Awards, and Photographers Forum. Kobi’s work has been published 16 times in international publications such as Friend of the Artist, The Flux Review, The Curator’s Salon, Create! Magazine, Inside Artists UK, Art Reveal Magazine, and 123 Art Magazine.
He has been practicing photography for about 13 years, but his path to becoming an artist wasn’t quite so linear. For an agonizingly long period of his life, he had thought of my artistic practice as nothing more than a hobby. Art was something that he knew he loved endlessly, but because of a deeply internalized fear of failure and losing that which he loved the most, he diverted to self-imposed expectations of what he believed he “should” be doing with himself. He graduated from university with a degree in cognitive and brain sciences, after which he launched a gallery representing artists focused on virtual and augmented reality art, as well as a contemporary streetwear brand based out of Dubai and India. He was doing all that he believed should make him feel happy and fulfilled, yet he felt just as lost and hopeless. After a dark period of introspection and internal confusion, he finally realized he wasn’t being truly honest with myself. He was stifling his inner authentic voice in favor of others’ expectations of me. This realization shook his worldview to the core and made him reevaluate all that he believed to be true about who he was. He finally came out the other side with an understanding that art wasn’t a choice for him. Art was the missing piece nagging at his soul that remained after he had stripped down my sense of self to the foundation of who he is and what he believes. From that point forward, he internally decided to fully commit himself to his artistic practice because he knew without it nothing else would make sense. He moved to Brooklyn, dove headfirst into the New York art scene, and hasn’t looked back since.
For me, all subjects exist as a fluid, their surfaces ever-changing by way of variations in light, time, and perspective. Through my sculptural and photographic work, created entirely without digital manipulation, I aim to highlight the unique combinations of these factors that give life and soul to the surrounding atmosphere and to the present moment. At the core of my work, I explore how these variables along with the differences in our subjective perspective define the unique feelings we associate with a subject.
Beginning with the empirical and analytical observation of light, my pieces remove defining characteristics of commonplace subjects, attempting to disassociate their conventional identity. My work instead focuses on the unseen subject: a momentary subjective trigger of memory, emotion, and feeling produced by changes in light, time, and color.
While appearing at first glance abstract, my works are meant in fact to be representational, but to represent a reality beyond immediate impressions; to create rather a fuller, and more authentic, visual experience of a subject. That experience transcends the visual and therefore requires an approach that, while remaining representational and unmanipulated, through its alternative appearance challenges the viewer to move beyond socially constructed meanings of the subject.
My work is heavily influenced by nature: organic forms, the random cyclical movement of the elements, the constant progression of time and explores themes of impermanence, authenticity, deterioration, and rebirth, and perceptions of banality. I draw inspiration in part from sculptural masters of light such as James Turrell and Olafur Elliason, as well as the impressionist movement – specifically from Monet, the Plein air painting technique, and the enveloppe, the unifying atmospheric light encompassing all things.
Study of Body
Study of Body
semi-gloss Archival Material
152 x 102
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About the Artwork
I believe the way that we traditionally see another person is through a combination of granular elements that make up our self-defined image of that person. Study of Body strips away these defining characteristics, viewing the human figure as part of a larger whole. A larger whole untouched by societally imposed meaning or stereotype, breaking the body into a constantly changing mixture of shapes and forms wholly dependent on fluctuations in environmental light. I believe it is this atmospheric light that truly defines and dictates the meaning we associate with all animate or inanimate things.