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Branden Koch: The Bald Ego
4/7/2017- 5/14/2017


A Leader Is Not An Eagle

a leader is not an eagle, we'd all be dead
Crayola issues ultimate set of colors so I turn to the birds
There is an eagle we worship that was fucked by a Cuisinart
so
this outpouring is unusual for me but not so with a flood of rage and dread and compassion
We engineers of the present tense
two packaging tape eyes, brain a double candelabra, ears submerged there a double thump
protests
We bathers
We carriers
dump false eyes completely
Diver is in the forest and at sun's decent
migrate raw nerves on fire, nurture them
If it's efficiency you're looking for, then no
the bald ego and other fantasies.

-BK
March 2017

Branden Koch was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His work has been exhibited in NYC at Helper Projects, Pace University, Brennan and
Griffin, Regina Rex, Edward Thorp Gallery, Soloway Fine Arts. National exhibitions include Romer Young Gallery, SF, CA; The
Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM; High Energy Constructs, LA, CA; SPACES, Cleveland, OH. His work has been reviewed in The
Brooklyn Rail, ArtSlant, The Chicago Sun Times, Artillery Magazine, featured in Shifter Magazine. He has received artist grants from The
Haven Foundation, Artist?s Fellowship Inc., and Mayer Foundation. Branden earned a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2001, and an MFA from Bard College in 2005. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and 4 year old son.





Branden Koch, Nesting Bald Ego, 2016, ink on paper, 13.5 x 15 inches