Ken Volok

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I first gained recognition as a filmmaker, actor, photographer, stage director, painter and writer in Santa Barbara, CA. While attending UC Santa Barbara I created four TV spots for the legendary LA punk boutique Retail Slut and worked on the groundbreaking documentary Zapatista for Big Noise Films. After graduating I've been involved in a variety of art exhibitions throughout California and various stage and film-video projects. Inspired by a friend and a bloody surfing accident, I revived a pet project the artist-boardcentric HE@D Magazine which gained national attention and featured the participation of John Giorno, R. Crumb and Aline Kaminsky-Crumb, Negativland, Anne Waldman, Stacy Peralta, Michael McClure, Scott Starr, Jack Johnson, Jacob Eichert, Big Noise Films, Teri Nunn, Nina Hagen, Julee Cruise and many more up and coming and established artists. During this time I've has completed two short films: Oxygen in 2004, and most recently Genuine; as well as creating a variety of commercials for Honda, KIA, Bongo Johnny's, hE@D Archives, and more. I also had the blessing to assist theater icon Michael Kearns in his 20th Annviversary stage production of Jerker in 2006 which premiered at Highways performance space in Santa Monica. Oxygen and Genuine are available on the DVD Specimen: Collected Works by Ken Volok, and various online venues. The fierst half of this year, I've directed another two shorts, "On Board?" and "Beauty" and am enjoying exhibiting my photography up and down the coast, and the all too rare south swell. Through various art exhibitions and online venues, my audience has a growing international audience with patrons in the US, Canada, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Germany, UK, Ireland, Japan and Australia. Volok's current pet projects include a feature length neo-realist suspense thriller, music videos for The Indignitaries, a surf and skate video; and projects for G2 and Bongo Johnny's. Surfing and skateboarding are my lifestyle, passions and cultural perspective.
He has also just published "Land of Milk and Honey: Photography by Ken Volok", which is a companion piece to his film of the same name.

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