As art critic and editor of the LA Weekly Shana Nys Dambrot wrote, “Interdisciplinary artist Kulov is something of an agent provocateur. Their work across performance art, graphic design, public installations, publishing, video, mail art, billboard campaigns and more, repurposes visual strategies of a post–Cold War youth to insightfully comment on the current state of society and politics — in the art world and beyond. Using style, fashion, commerce, advertising and spectacle, the work often sparks controversy, but always aims for progress toward a greater, more inclusive good.”
For Kulov, art can be a dramatic medium that can be employed as a lightning rod for social discourse.
The artist’s political public art and performances provide an alternative point of view, always intended to provoke thought and create public dialogue. From political visual commentaries and campaigns to provocative essays and unapologetically queer (and even trans-positive) performances, Kulov always successfully recycle American popular culture through their own inescapable socialist upbringing.
Kulov are the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. Their retrospective limited-edition book Kulov 90-00 > A Decade of Transformation is part of the artist’s book collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Kulov identifies as Gender Nonconforming and prefers the pronouns they/them/their.
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