Kobi Walsh

Kobi Walsh

Brooklyn, NY, United States

About Kobi Walsh

For me, all subjects exist as 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 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.

Education

Tufts University | Medford, MA | 2017
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Université Vincennes-Saint-Denis (Paris VIII) | Paris, FR | 2015
- Behavioral Neurobiology (Neurobiologie des comportements)

Tufts University European Center | Talloires, FR | 2014
- Product Design and Development

Events

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.

Exhibitions

2021 May 6 - 9, The Other Art Fair Brooklyn | Brooklyn, NY*

2021 Dates TBA due to COVID, The Other Art Fair Chicago | Chicago, IL*

2021 Dates TBA due to COVID, Superfine! Art Fair Seattle | Seattle, WA*

2020 October 22, 4th Annual Art for Life Chicago 2020 Juried Virtual Exhibition & Auction | Chicago, IL

2020 April 14 - 24, Laval Virtual | Laval, France* (POSTPONED DUE TO COVID)

2020 March 7 - 15, “Arte e Donna” Museo Diocesano di Terni | Terni, Italy

2020 Feb 25 - March 14, 30 Under 30 Exhibition “Director’s Choice Award,” Viridian Artists Gallery | New York, NY

2019 Nov 6 - 12, “Salon Show,” Greenpoint Gallery | New York, NY

2017 Apr 20 - May 5, “Utopia/Dystopia”, Polykhroma | Boston, Massachusetts

2016 Feb 5 - Feb 21, “Borders”, Polykhroma | Boston, Massachusetts

2015 10th annual Black & White Spider Awards Photoshow

2015 10th annual Black & White Spider Awards Photoshow

2013 Lisa Art Show, Chicago, Illinois

* Denotes an event happening in the future.