Whoever said getting there is half the fun must have had Wyatt Kahn’s exhibition with Ramiken Crucible, located at 465 Grand Street, in mind. Located deep within the basement of a bank, at the end of a maze of corridors, visitors to the exhibition enter an abyss of concrete adorned with the crispness of Kahn’s playfully innovative works.
Despite there being two distinct groups of works in the show, Kahn displays an interest in using constructions of canvas, without any additions to the surface, as a representative vehicle in and of themselves. Works such as Jaime and Alex or Sam, Sam, and Sam, anthropomorphize the square canvasses by giving them crafted limbs and eyes. The characters referred to in the titles interact with one another, both within the individual works and from across the room, giving them a liveliness that informs the rest of the exhibition.
Works comprised of shaped linen slabs, reminiscent of monochromatic puzzle pieces, form representational imagery, or in the case of Dog, abstract constructions, to complete the other portion of the exhibition. These works offer a unique take on the sculptural possibilities of stretched linen as an independent aesthetic object. The figurative works in the series, Late for example, hint at deeply meaningful themes such as the transcendent nature of time while in a comedic presentation, in this case, the presence of two left feet.
The hidden location of Kahn’s exhibition paired with his inventive manipulation of materials offers a truly memorable viewing experience; that is an enjoyable adventure from start to finish.
April 2 – May 7, 2017
465 Grand Street, New York NY
hours: Saturday + Sunday, 12 – 6pm
phone: (917) 328-4656