The artist collective Tim Rollins and K.O.S. describes their own way of working with a quotation from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: 'The thoughts which are expressed to me by music that I love are not too indefinite to be put into words, but on the contrary, too definite. And so I find, in every effort to express such thoughts, that something is right, but at the same time, that something is lacking in all of them.' Whereas Mendelssohn-Bartholdy uses music as a means of expression, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. have developed a method that is all their own.Read More
Soon after this group formed as a project for young people growing up in the South Bronx in the early 1980s, they began to create works using the existing material close at hand. They first utilised bricks from torn down buildings in the neighborhood, soon turning to used school materials, textbooks, and notebooks as a central element of their work, as can be seen in this exhibition. With a strong political motivation and shocked by actual conditions in the South Bronx, Rollins developed a unique learning environment that ultimately turned into the artist group the Kids of Survival. Over the years, the group reinvented itself several times.
Text courtesy Maureen Paley.
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