Current

Heidi Hahn 
Burn Out in Shredded Heaven
Opening April 6, 2019

Kohn Gallery is very pleased to announce its first solo exhibition by New York-based artist and painter Heidi Hahn, opening on April 6 and on view through May 23, 2019. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hahn creates introspective paintings that engage with the female body. Her sumptuously atmospheric and layered application of paint, in conversation with art-historical traditions, draw the viewer into a psychological space that evokes our attachment to the female form and how that is processed through both traditional and contemporary readings of the male gaze. Hahn incites the sinuous lines of Edvard Munch, the soak-stained expressionism of Helen Frankenthaler, and the raw symbolism of late-Guston, all the while establishing a truly distinctive voice of today–aware of what came before, but also untethered to it. Gestural, fluid, and frequently spectral, Hahn’s works reframe and re-contextualize her subjects, exploring the ambiguous and shifting boundaries between public and private selves.

Heidi Hahn’s work presented in Burn Out in Shredded Heaven, as noted by curator Diana Nawi, splits the difference between the imagistic and evocative qualities of painting, between its ability to construct narrative and its desire to evade language altogether. Her images relay iconically depicted female figures set against loosely rendered backgrounds that can suggest a real location—a city street, a subway, a bathroom, a bedroom—or give only a hint of site within what is an otherwise largely abstract surface. This ambiguous treatment of ground evidences the artist’s refusal of specificity, her purposeful confusion of temporalities, bodies, and of interior and exterior as place and metaphor. The women pictured, elongated and somewhat lumpy—their barely insinuated faces hard to read beneath their heavy hair—suggest not so much particular people as symbolic figures who have conjured their own settings, which in turn seem to be mental states as much as places, alienated, melancholy, intimate, and fleeting. Hahn’s figures reference women in her life, including her friends, mother, and sister, but they become archetypal and often amusingly cartoonish in her hands, their import derived largely from the distinct affective resonance of the painting. The artist deploys a range of visuality—canvases can be minimal, almost color field paintings, or lavish, awash with patterning, details, and dynamic brushwork—to give life to her recurrent women. While we cannot know them, we might sense the (inner) world they inhabit.

Hahn constructs her paintings beginning with a figurative image painted directly onto the canvas; she does not create preparatory drawings, preferring instead to sketch with paint. She often paints the same image on multiple canvases—up to ten at a time—and then works across the canvases simultaneously. Some paintings maintain the structure suggested by the artist’s initial outline, but most morph into radically different compositions, becoming singular elements in a larger body of related works. This mode of working reflects two critical things about the artist’s practice: her understanding of representation and abstraction, and her abiding belief in the process of painting.

Hahn has described abstraction as a mode of “falling apart”—something that was once clear and articulable dissolving. While she begins with a specific representation, each work is determined by an improvisational process and the materiality of paint, which in the artist’s hands runs the gamut from silky dark outlines and inky washes of color to thick impasto topographies and lustrous looping brushstrokes. Hahn offers a deeply painterly version of illustrative tendencies that call to mind the work of such artists such as Joan Brown, Ezra Jack Keats, and Henri Matisse. The resulting paintings bear traces of previous gestures, evidenced in sketchily marked lines visible below thin fields of pigment and in palimpsests of overpainting. They are works that find their own logics in the possibility of paint.

Hahn’s paintings are seemingly simple narratives and elusive, expansive images. Painting here is beyond language, an amalgamation of color, texture, gesture, line, and surface that conveys as much about states of being as a story ever could. Each woman Hahn depicts is in a world unto herself—each painting an embodiment of this world.

Recently, Hahn’s work was included in the group exhibition Pulse at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS that ran from November 2018 through February 2019. Hahn was previously included in the gallery’s group exhibition last fall titled Engender.

About the Artist

Heidi Hahn creates introspective paintings that engage with the female body. Her sumptuously atmospheric and layered application of paint, in conversation with aesthetic traditions, draw the viewer into a psychological space that evokes our attachment to the female form and how that is processed through both a traditional and a contemporary reading. Gestural, fluid, and frequently spectral, Hahn’s works reframe and re-contextualize her subjects, exploring the ambiguous and shifting boundaries between public and private selves. Hahn received her M.F.A. from Yale University in 2014, and is currently an acting Professor of Painting and Drawing at Alfred University, NY.  She has been the recipient of several awards, residencies, and fellowships, including the Jerome Foundation Grant, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency, Madison, ME; and the Fine Arts Work Center Residency, Provincetown, MA, among others. Her work has been collected by the Kadist Foundation, Paris, France; and has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the world including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS (2018); V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018); Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY (2018); and Premier Regard, Paris, France (2013).  Her work has also been reviewed in numerous publications, including The New York Times and Art in America.

 

 

Jarvis Boyland (Gallery 2)
On Hold:
Opening April 6, 2019

Kohn Gallery is very pleased to announce On Hold:, the first solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Jarvis Boyland, opening on April 6 and on view through May 23, 2019. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Boyland navigates intersections of black identity through portraiture. His paintings focus on queer men of color within intimate spaces. Boyland sees the domestic space as the foundation of social ideologies and an incubator that molds the facade of masculinity. Based on photographic images that the artist reconfigures to create specific compositions, Boyland's paintings sensitively highlight the nuances of these complex interpersonal relationships, identities, and locales.

The idea of comfort is a recurring theme in Jarvis Boyland’s work. The complex intersections of blackness and queerness shape his delicate renderings of the black male body in repose. The figures in On Hold: dream big and beautifully, yet they are fully grounded and aware in their leisure. Boyland’s palette suggests stillness in the digital age of app culture that shapes modern interaction while evoking David Hockney’s 1970s California and the coolness of Barkley Hendricks. Black bodies are not welcomed in cyberspace but are privileged in Boyland’s paintings. Expectations, aspirations, and dreams that infuse queer experiences come into focus. Situated within domestic environments, Boyland’s paintings emphasize limpness through intimate gestures of distant closeness, overlapping satin garments, and a seemingly shared vanishing point. Coy yet cocky, pretty and promiscuous, commanding yet chaste––luxury is embodied by the three figures waiting on the phone with varied expressions in these slumber-party-themed works. There is tense correspondence, a deliberation about relationships within the group of artists pictured, all of whom grew up in the American South: D’Angelo Williams, Cameron Clayborn, and Jarvis Boyland. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture brought these artists together and influenced the tone of this series. On Hold: expands Boyland’s oeuvre of queer relationships. Through his aperture, Boyland’s group and individual portraits collectively depict an idyllic sensibility towards reality.

Boyland’s work is currently being exhibited at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN and has been included in exhibitions at Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL (2018); Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018); and Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL (2018). In 2018, Boyland attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME and is currently the Artist-in-Residence for the Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2018-2019).

About the Artist

Jarvis Boyland navigates intersections of black identity through portraiture. Based on photographic images which the artist then reconfigures to create specific compositions, his paintings focus on queer men of color within intimate spaces, sensitively highlighting the nuances of these complex interpersonal relationships, identities, and locales. Boyland received his BFA from the University of Memphis in 2017. In summer 2018, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME; and is currently the Artist-In-Residence for the Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2018-2019). Recent exhibitions include Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL (2018); Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018); and Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL (2018).


Upcoming

Maria Berrio
A Cloud’s Roots
Opening June 1, 2019

About the Artist

Maria Berrio’s large collaged works—comprised of diversely sourced papers, depict surrealist narratives that blur biographical memory with South American mythology. Her work explores themes such as intercultural connectivity, migration and humankind’s relationship to nature. Maria Berrio received her BFA at Parsons School of Design and MFA at the School for Visual Arts. Maria’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Musuem of American Art in New York, The Nasher Museum in North Carolina, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and the Ford Foundation in New York. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, participating in exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio in New York and The Nasher Museum in North Carolina, among others. Most recently, Berrio’s work was included in Prospect 4 Triennial in New Orleans and this year her permanent public art will be installed in a New York City subway station, commissioned by the MTA Arts and Design program.


Past

2018

Gonzalo Lebrija, Veladuras Nocturnas
January 19 - March 23, 2019

Rosa Loy, So Near And Yet So Far
November 9, 2018 - January 9, 2019

Tony Berlant, Fast Forward
September 22 - November 3, 2018

Jess, Secret Compartments
July 21 - September 7, 2018

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Sheets
June 1 -  July 14, 2018

Mark Innerst, New Paintings
April 6 - May 24, 2018

Gesture | Form | Pop | Process
February 27 - March 29, 2018
 

2017

Engender
November 11 , 2017 - January 27, 2018

Chingaderas Sofisticadas
September 16 - November 4, 2017

Dennis Hopper, The Lost Album
July 8 - September 1, 2017

Dean Byington, Theory of Machines
May 19 - June 30, 2017

Joe Goode, Old Ideas with New Solutions
March 23 - May 13, 2017

Bruce Conner, LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS
February 9 - March 15, 2017

 

2016

Bruce Conner, A MOVIE
November 11, 2016  - February 8, 2017

John Altoon, Works From The Estate
September 16 - October 29, 2016

Ori Gersht, Floating World
July 9 - September 10, 2016

Wallace Berman, American Aleph
May 6 - June 25, 2016

Ryan McGinness, #metadata
March 19 - April 15, 2016

Dean Levin, XTC (Gallery 2 & 3)
January 16 - February 27, 2016

Lita Albuquerque, Embodiment
January 9 - February 27, 2016

2015

Simmons & Burke: Dutch Masters
November 6 - December 19, 2015

Object/Space: Robert Ryman + Giorgio Morandi
September 19 - October 31, 2015

Annette Bonnier, India's Elephants (Gallery 2)
September 19 - October 31, 2015

The West Coast Avant-Garde, 1950 - Present
July 17 - September 4, 2015


Jess's Didactic Nickelodeon
& Lawrence Jordan's Collage and Film
 (Gallery 3)
June 6 - July 10, 2015

William Monk, The Cloud is Growing in the Trees
May 29 - July 10, 2015

Camille Rose Garcia, Mirror, Black Mirror (Gallery 3)
April 25 - May 20, 2015

Tom LaDuke, Candles and Lasers
April 11 - May 20, 2015

LAND, AIR, SEE
February 21 - April 2, 2015

Troika, Cartography of Control
January 10 - February 12, 2015

2014

Lita Albuquerque, Light Carries Information
November 15 - December 20, 2014

Bruce Conner, CROSSROADS & Works on Paper
November 8 - December 20, 2014

Eddie Martinez, Nomader
September 12 – October 25, 2014

Joe Goode, Flat Screen Nature
July 12 - August 29, 2014

Mark Ryden, The Gay 90s West
May 3 - June 28, 2014
 

2013

Ian Barry, The White, The Black, The Kestrel
July 27 - August 31, 2013

Simmons & Burke, Still Lifes & Common Names
May 10 - July 13, 2013

Opposing the Binary, Curated by Kim Light
March 15 - April 20, 2013

Into the Mystic
November 17, 2012 - January 26, 2013

2012

RETNA, New Paintings and Works on Paper
September 15 - October 27, 2012

Inter  ruption, Curated by Kim Light
July 14 – August 25, 2012

Minimalism, Not Stricly Formal
May 18 – June 30, 2012

Dennis Hollingsworth, Terrestrial
March 23 - May 4, 2012

Camille Rose Garcia Snow White
March 15 - April 14,, 2012

Rosa Loy, Convocation
January 13 - February 25, 2012

CIRCA SIXTY, BRUCE CONNER & JEAN CONNER
November 11, 2011 - January 4, 2012

2011

Bryan Ferry, Olympia
October 20 - November 4, 2011

Joe Goode, Nighttime Series 1977 -1978
September 17 – October 29, 2011

Joan Nelson, New Paintings
July 15- August 27, 2011

Ryan McGinness, Recent Paintings
May 19 - July 1, 2011

Charles Brittin, West & South
April 16 - May 14, 2011

Camille Rose Garcia, Snow White & the Black Lagoon
March 12 - April 9, 2011

Will Cotton, New Paintings
January 14 - February 26, 2011

2010

25th Anniversary Show
November 20, 2010 - January 6, 2011

Simmons & Burke, If Not Winter
September 23 - October 30, 2010

James Nares, New Paintings
July 9 - August 21, 2010

Nathan Redwood, Altered Atmospheres
March 25 - May 8, 2010

David Korty, New Paintings
January 14 - February 27, 2010

 

2009

Bruce Conner, In the 70s
November 7 - December 19, 2009

Cristof Yvoré, New Paintings
September 12 - October 24, 2009

Dark Night of the Soul: David Lynch and Danger Mouse
May 30 - July 11, 2009

Maureen Gallace, New Paintings
March 21 - May 23, 2009

She: Wallace Berman and Richard Prince
January 15 - March 7, 2009
 

2008

Darren Waterston, Aurora
November 7 - December 20, 2008

David Korty, Paintings
September 18 - November 1, 2008

Andy Warhol, Photographs
July 10 - August 22, 2008

Jean Conner, Collages
June 13 - July 19, 2008

Dennis Hollingsworth
April 18 - May 31, 2008

Daniel Chavira, Enmascarados
March 15 - April 12, 2008

Christine Nguyen
January 26 - March 1, 2008

2007

Wallace Berman, Photographs and Other Works
November 30, 2007- January 19, 2008

Bruce Conner, Punks and Dead Ashes, Eve-Ray- Forever
October 20 - November 24, 2007

Darren Waterston, Parlor
September - October, 2007

James Nares, New Paintings
July - August, 2007

Carl Andre and John McLaughlin
May 5 - June 30, 2007

Mark Ryden, The Tree Show
March 10 - April 28, 2007

Wally Hedrick, Estate Sale
January - February, 2007

2006

Matthew Brown, Preserve
October - December, 2006

Andy Warhol, Large Scale Black and White Ad Paintings
September - October, 2006

John Hawke, Supervisors
July - August, 2006

Bruce Cohen, New Paintings
June - July, 2006

Reed Danziger, New Paintings
April - June, 2006

Rough Trade
March 18 - April 22, 2006

Minimalism
January - March, 2006

2005

Will Cotton, Paintings and works on paper
November - December, 2005

England, France, Germany
September - October, 2005

Guy Limone
July - August, 2005

Mark Innerst, Paintings and works on paper
June 2005

Emily Feather and Saul Fletcher
April - May, 2005

Darren Waterston, New Paintings
February - March, 2005

Martin Assig
January 2005


2004

Cy Twombly and Jean Michel Basquiat
October - December

Katy Grannan
September - October

Penelope Gottlieb
July - August

Michael Minelli
June

Walton Ford
May

Bruce Conner
March - April

Maureen Gallace
January