Student gazing at paintings hanging in the art gallery

Wyatt Kahn: Dailies

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Wyatt Kahn
Portrait of Wyatt Kahn by Lucas Blalock

On view: June 8 - September 9, 2022
Exhibition Preview: Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closing Reception: Friday, September 9, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

The Pace University Art Gallery in Lower Manhattan is pleased to present Dailies, a solo exhibition of paintings, photographs, and mixed media works by Wyatt Kahn. The Dailies exhibit is on view concurrent with Kahn’s Life in the Abstract, an exhibition of seven monumental new Cor-Ten steel sculptures at City Hall Park, presented by the Public Art Fund.

Wyatt Kahn is primarily known for his investigations into the visual and spatial relationship between painting and sculpture. Kahn assembles complex wall-mounted works in which the gaps between the individual canvases give rise to abstract or pictorial compositions. Rather than tracing the lines and shapes directly onto the canvas itself, he turns them into physical components of the artwork. Kahn says his painting are “made by me, made by hand. There are errors in the lines. They are imperfect. They have a certain representational or human quality.”

For the exhibition at Pace University Art Gallery, Kahn also presents drawings, prints, collages, and photographs in addition to his sculptural paintings. In these works, Kahn combines elements of geometric abstraction with playful “readymade” objects from everyday life like a light bulb and glasses. Based on observations of people’s daily movement, the resulting abstractions contain the fractured body within each object. Kahn hopes “visitors will find their own meaning in the works based on their own experiences.” For him, the potted plant “represents nurturing an idea while someone else may be reminded of the plant they raised throughout the pandemic.” He returns to the same quotidian objects time and again across many media, each time seeing—and encouraging the viewer to see—something new. Kahn’s rigorous practice serves as a reminder to us all to consider and cherish the everyday ordinariness of life.'

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Wyatt Kahn's Eyewash piece
Wyatt Kahn, Eye Wash, 2018
Linen on linen on panel, 93 1/2 x 75 inches

About the artist

Wyatt Kahn (b. 1983) lives and works in New York. His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles; Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, among others.