Wyatt Kahn is primarily known for his investigations into the visual and spatial relationship between painting and sculpture. Using unprimed canvases stretched over wooden frames, Kahn assembles complex wall-mounted works in which the gaps between the individual canvases give rise to abstractor pictorial compositions. Rather than tracing the lines and shapes directly onto the canvas itself, he turns them into physical components of the artwork. Referencing the tradition of minimalist abstraction, Wyatt Kahn’s monochrome multi-panel ‘paintings’ are informed by a desire to explore non-illusory forms of representation. In essence, their subject becomes the interplay between two and three dimensions, as experienced via shifts in surface, structure and depth. In Kahn’s work, the wall upon which the work is hung becomes an integral part of the composition. Interested in a painting’s potential to function as the very embodiment of the object it depicts, Kahn has also developed works in which the shaped stretchers combine to create the form of an actual object, while a synthesis of hand-drawn motifs and words epitomize its essential qualities.Read More
Wyatt Kahn’s work is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, 2015. He will present a work for Performa, NY, 2015. Kahn was a visiting artist at Hunter College, New York in 2014 and a visiting critic at Columbia University, New York in 2013.
His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the CCS Bard Hessel Museum; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Wyatt Kahn was born in New York in 1983, where he currently lives and works.
Text courtesy Xavier Hufkens.
Performa announced another batch of premieres and commissions today for its upcoming, three-week performance festival, Performa 15, which will take place in various locations around New York City in November. This year’s Performa asks its commissioned artists to respond to the legacy of the Renaissance. The commissions announced today will...