WK Interact/ Unknown

France 1969

Urban Art, Street Art


WK Interact

WK aka WK Interact is a French and New York-based artist who is interested with the human body in motion, his paintings of figures frozen in a flight of movement reflects this infatuation. The artist’s unique process involves a technique of twisting an original drawing or photograph while it’s being photocopied, resulting in the monochromatic palette and streamlined moment-in-time appearance of his finished work. WK site-determines his placements by finding an appropriate location first, then his imagery is chosen specifically with a concern for encounters in an urban environment or “interactions” (as the artist indicates in his pseudonym). In the late 1990s his images began appearing on building facades in downtown Manhattan, complimenting the constant stir of bodies and the perpetual motion of contemporary urban life in the fast-paced city.

WK was born in 1969 in Caen, France. He has lived and worked in New York since the early 1990s.

WK’s ephemeral artwork includes wheat pastes and large-scale murals of figures in high-contrast black and white; each piece is site-specific and his imagery is always placed in accordance with its surrounding environment. Known for his elaborate creative process, scouting and sketching locations, staging models for photo shoots, and distorting their image on a copy machine, the artist creates exaggerated visual effects (or illusions) to convey rapid movement. In an age where the evolution of civilization seems to be accelerating at a speed of development—much like the figures in WK’s work—faster than we are able to process the change, the artist conveys themes of violence and mortality through a strikingly graphic and gritty aesthetic, one that is internationally recognized and regarded as distinctly his own.

WK has shown in galleries internationally including Tokyo, London, Berlin and Mexico City. In 2005, Gestalten published his first monograph, WK Interact: Exterior-Interior Act 2. Drago published his second book in 2009, 2.5 New York Street Life and also a new one in 2014 – “ACT-4, 25 Years: 1989 – 2014” in 320 pages.

WK Interact lives and works in New York, US.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013WK-360 mid – career survey documenting 25 yearsJonathan Levine Gallery NYCSolo
2011The Emergence of the Pop ImagistCampo de la Madonna de L’Orto. Venice, ItalyGroup
2010Urban AlchemistsCurated by Jonathan LeVine and Tony Goldman. Wynwood Walls. Miami, FLGroup
2010Five Year AnniversaryJonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2010Re:Form School. Lets Redu project promoting education reformSt. Patrick’s School. New York, NYGroup
2009How to Blow Yourself UpSubliminal Projects. Los Angeles, CASolo
2009Motion PortraitJonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYSolo
2008Aqua Art FairJonathan LeVine Gallery exhibitor booth. Miami-Wynwood, FLSolo
20082 person show with Anthony ListerElms Lesters Painting Rooms. London, UKGroup
2007WK/MXLTMaxalot Gallery. Barcelona, SpainSolo
2007The TrailEspies Archetype Gallery. Brooklyn, NYSolo
2006Impact, in collaboration with Kobe BryantNike Showroom. Los Angeles, CASolo
2006Beautiful LosersAgnès B. Galleries. Paris, FranceGroup
2005Medicom Toy LifeLogos Gallery. Tokyo, JapanSolo
2004Streetwise 3The LAB 101 Gallery. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003BackjumpsKunstraum Kreuzberg. Berlin, GermanyGroup
2002InstallationBLK/MRKT Gallery. Los Angeles, CASolo
2002Sony InstallationOutdoor Gallery. Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2002TechniquesStudio 101. New York, NYSolo
2001InstallationDazed and Confused Gallery. London, UKSolo
2001 InstallationPatricia Dorfman Gallery. Paris, FranceSolo
2001Art Works of WK InteractParco Museum. Tokyo, JapanSolo
2001OpeningStudio 101. New York, NYSolo
2001Tool ManStudio 101. New York, NYSolo
199817-Painting InstallationColette Gallery. Paris, FranceSolo
1998     3-Painting InstallationYohji Yamamoto Gallery. New York, NYSolo
199711-Painting InstallationCooper Hewitt Museum. New York, NYSolo