Tim Rollins and K.O.S., From the A Midsummer Night’s Dream series.
K.O.S. working on the Amerika series based on Franz Kafka.
Tim Rollins and K.O.S. ( Far left: Angel Abreu, Rick Savanino)
written by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve (AP Faculty)
"Tim Rollins (AP Faculty) has been tremendously important to us as participants of SVA’s Art Practice Program. In our phone interview in 2012 we remember Tim saying,“we’re going to make history.” Having watched the documentary Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + KOS, it was energizing to see members Angel, Rick and George, then only kids in the film, together in the studio. Working with everyone felt like we were invited to a family reunion, even though we were only there for the first time. We were welcomed as family, not as guests, and given the historical background of Darwin’s On The Origin of Species and it’s importance to the group. The two paintings [we worked on] measure 8’x16’, and became a meditative practice of application as we all danced and shifted places in front of each canvas. The mood in the studio was light, heartfelt, hilarious and also serious and concerning. They all bounced off of one another while working, whether it was adding onto a joke, and/or commenting on the current state of a painting, asking one another for opinions. As collaborative artists, Tim Rollins and KOS reaffirmed for us the strength in collaboration, and the persistence, hope and determination that you can have for creating work while bettering lives through art, and isn’t that what art is supposed to do?”
—Tracey Mancenido Tribble (MFA AP14) and Frank Tribble’s (MFA AP14) (Tribble and Mancenido) description of working with Tim Rollins and K.O.S. on the current “On the Origin,” exhibition at Lehmann Maupin.