Kukula Peels Open The Grapefruit Macaron

Here for her debut RUN we are excited to work with the talented Kukula on this framed wonder Grapefruit Macaron. This RUN is extremely limited to only 16 and comes framed and ready to hang right out of the box. Read on as Kukula walks us thru her debut RUN and gives us the lowdown on what she has been up to lately in the 1xRUN Thru Interview…

Conversing With Artifacts by Kukula

1xRUN Thru Interview

Grapefruit Macaron by Kukula

1xRUN: We’re excited for this special release of Grapefruit Macaron on 1xRUN, can you tell us a little about this painting and why it was selected to be released along with this limited edition frame print combo?

Kukula: I’m so exited to have the opportunity to have a print made so similar in size and presentation to the original. I love the Grapefruit Macaron portrait because I feel it gives you the feeing of something sweet but with a terrible after taste, like grapefruit, and just like macaron, at first it just looks like a pretty cookie, but it is much more complex than that.

1xRUN: Is the original still for sale?

Kukula:  Nope, it is sold.

1xRUN: What materials were the original drawn or created with and when?

Kukula: It was created in April 2012, the original was oil on MDF.

1xRUN: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?

Kukula:  This painting is a part of a series in which I’m trying to fuse together the love for beauty and objects with the consumer herself to the point they become one.

1xRUN: How long did the piece take?

Kukula:  About a week or so.
1xRUN: Why should people buy this piece?

Kukula:  Because they think it’s pretty.
1xRUN: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.  

Kukula:   bubbles

Run #00266 // Grapefruit Macaron by Kukula // Jul 18, 2012 – Jul 24, 2012

1xRUN: You’ve moved around the states quite a bit and are currently overseas, tell us a little about why you choose these places and where you’re currently getting set up lately?

Kukula:  I’m actually setting up in Philadelphia. I didn’t choose it, my husband is doing his post doctorate there. At the moment I’m homeless traveling a little and will have a place only in September.

1xRUN: You’re currently abroad in Israel, can you give us a little info on what you’re working on there?

Kukula: I’m designing my art book. I’m creating hand drawn embellishments in ink. It’s the first time in years that in working in ink, I love it but it is so frustrating.

1xRUN: You’ve shown at some of the best low brow galleries in the world, including Corey Helford, Roc La Rou and CoproNason. These are amazing opportunities and open up your work to a refined collector base, can you give us some insight on these experiences?

Kukula: The people at these galleries are always very interesting and smart and when I started I learned a lot from them. More than I ever learned from other artists.

Hazing by Kukula

1xRUN: What else do you have in the works? Can you give us a run down on what coming up in the next few months?

Kukula: I’m working on a book, this December I’m showing in Miami with Corey Helford at a mini solo show and my next solo show will be much later in 2013.

1xRUN: When did you first start making art?

Kukula:   When I realized I’ll never going to be a professional assassin.

1xRUN: What was your first piece?

Kukula:   A girl holding her heart in a jar


Wind Up Girl Study by Kukula – 2006

1xRUN: What artists inspired you early on?

Kukula:  When I was growing up in the 80’s I was extremely obsessed with the pop culture of illustrated characters as Care Bears, Strweberry Shortcake, Holly Hobbie and so on and was constantly trying to drew them. I think it was very meaningful to who I am as an artist today as stupid as it may sound.

Strawberry Shortcake

1xRUN: What artists inspire you now?

Kukula:   dead aristocrats, Ellen Von Unwerth and fine sweets.

Ellen von Unerth

1xRUN: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Kukula:   I sometimes listen to music and sometime watch movies. I like so many kinds so I don’t really want to get into it.

1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?

Kukula:   Ellen Von Unwerth and Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld

1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?

Kukula:   Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde

1xRUN: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?

Kukula:  A piece from Junko Mizuno, It was about a year ago.

1xRUN: What was the last piece of art that you bought?

Kukula:  I think it was one more Junko Mizuno. One page from a graphic novel

Junko Mizuno

1xRUN: Where can people find you on the internette?

Kukula: On my website kukulaland.com and at the Corey Helford gallery.