Opening Reception for the Artist: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 12pm to 6pm
Exhibition will continue through June 28, 2014
announces the inaugural exhibition of its new,
expansive 12,000-square foot space: new work
by Los Angeles-based, Pop-Surrealist artist Mark
Ryden. Mark Ryden, The Gay 90s: West will be
on view at the new Kohn Gallery, 1227 N.
Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038, from
May 3 through June 28, 2014.
Designed by Malibu-based architect Lester
Tobias, the new gallery building features an
immense space with 22-foot ceilings, allowing for
stunning exhibitions on a monumental scale. This
design also incorporates a massive glass window
along Highland Avenue and extensive skylights to
bathe the gallery with natural light. With an eye
always towards the future, the Kohn Gallery will
utilize this expansive new exhibition space to
continue to mount bold exhibitions of established
and emerging artists.
In the inaugural exhibition Mark Ryden,
underscores his aesthetic forays into cultural
kitsch through his exploration of the lost but not
forgotten "Gay 90s". Employing the visual
trappings of the formally idealized 1890s in America—women dressed in satin skirts with large
bows, large wheeled bicycles, Main St. USA, vaudevillian stages—Ryden recreates scenes from
this marginalized slice of pop culture. This important new body of work—which includes paintings,
works on paper, installations, and sculpture—negotiates the aesthetic value of clichéd nostalgia
through the lens of polished neoclassic painting, and will include Ryden's largest and most
ambitious work to date, The Parlor (Allegory of Magic, Quintessence and Divine Mystery): a 96 x
120 inch painting with a wooden frame hand-carved in bas-relief.
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