Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
American, 1955 - 2017
The work of Tim Rollins (1955–2017, American) and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) is defined by student collaboration that focused on and visualized single motifs from famous works of literature. Printed in 1989 at Crown Point Press, The Temptation of St. Anthony is a series of prints that Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) printed collaboratively on pages of Gustave Flaubert’s book by the same title. Mixing text and various printmaking techniques, this work balances the negative and positive space of the text with abstract forms. Much of the work in this series resemble dead human cells that resonated deeply during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. At this time, Rollins and K.O.S. drew on collaborative actions and looked to the power of art and the way it operates in the space of social activism
Tim Rollins and K.O.S. Artist/Teacher/Activist