EUQINOMprojects Gallery posted an update March 16, 2016 4:02 pm ·
Mona Kuhn: New Works
April 6 – May 7, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 2016 6-8pm
EUQINOMprojects is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, Mona Kuhn: New Works opening Friday, April 8th at 1599 Tennessee St., San Francisco. EUQINOMprojects is a new gallery by Monique Deschaines. This exhibition will mark the first significant showing of the artist’s work in this city since 2009.
Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of the human form. Classically trained, Kuhn’s compositions are painterly studies, each photograph thoughtfully arranged. Each image is multi-dimensional with a careful selective focus, giving the viewer the opportunity to only enter specific areas of the frame and leaving the remainder up to their imagination. Her work often references classical themes but her photography is unusual in that she develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable intimacy. A sublime sense of comfort and intelligence permeates each image, showing the human body in its most natural state while simultaneously continuing an ongoing re-interpretation of the art-historical genre of the nude.
This exhibition features a selection of photographs from Kuhn’s two most recent bodies of work, Private and Acido Dorado. Kuhn begins each series with a specific color palette and emotion in mind; consequently each body of work is like a lyrical ballad, opening up a dialogue about the human body’s interaction with its physical environment. Her primary focus is the body, and though her early work leans more towards traditional figuration, these pieces see her actively broaden her scope, turning her attention to landscape, abstraction, and the body’s relationship to architecture.
Acido Dorado is set inside architect Robert Stone’s secluded modernist structure in Joshua Tree National Park, California. In this series, Kuhn and her subject, close friend and long-time collaborator Jacintha, explore pools, mirrored ceilings and glass walls to produce sandy-colored hallucinations filled with dreamy light leaks and seductive reflections. Landscapes, architectural details, reflections and a single figure repeatedly obscured and dislocated create photographs that verge on abstraction. Kuhn playfully combines a number of visual strategies; patterning, translucency, and reflectivity and conflates them with the casual closeness of a photographer and her subject.
Private proposes a world in which concrete reality and the imaginary are one. Plants and animals on the edge of survival, sun-drenched landscapes and wind-sculpted earth are intercut with a series of nudes that push Kuhn’s renowned sensitivity to human form into unexpected directions. Shot over two years in the Mojave desert Kuhn created a sequence of pictures that is seductive, enigmatic and a little unsettling.
Mona Kuhn: New Works interrogates the complex relationship between the female nude and form, both landscape and architectural. Kuhn’s models are at once a foil and a complement to the jagged, indomitable geology of the landscape and distortions of architecture in which they find themselves. Like all of Kuhn’s work, there is an intoxicating poetry to these images that tempts the viewer in while resisting interpretation.
Mona Kuhn was born in 1969 in São Paulo, Brazil and is of German descent. She received her BA from The Ohio State University and went on to study fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently an independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Kuhn’s work has been exhibited at Le Bal and Louvre Museum, Paris France; Royal Academy of Arts in London; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland and Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria. Her work is in private and public collections worldwide, including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan. Steidl has published five monographs of Kuhn’s work to date, Photographs (2004), Evidence (2007), Native (2009), Bordeaux Series (2011) and Private (2014). Her newest monograph, Acido Dorado, also published by Steidl, will be released in the Fall 2016. Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles.
EUQINOMprojects represents emerging and mid-career artists with photo-based practices. Director Monique Deschaines curates work that is true to the photographic form, ranging from ephemeral to documentary, with an emphasis on contemporary work and practices that showcase the beauty of the photographic process and a lively engagement with photo-history.
Above: Mona Kuhn, AD 6016, 2014 chromogenic print
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UPCOMING EXHIBITION: The Hour of Land, May 12 – June 18, 2016, a group exhibition of the photographs from The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams.