25 April, 2007

Wolf Kahn


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Wolf Kahn will be having his annual opening at the Ameringer-Yohe Gallery starting at the end of this month. The event is titled Sizing Up, and runs from 26 April - 1 June, 2007 (Paintings) and continues 7 June - 27 July, 2007 (Pastels). A reception will be Thursday 26 April at the gallery in NYC.

Now, if I could just figure out where NYC is...


Making A Mark said...

.......you drop by my house and then you could take me too!

There are Wolf Kahn pics in public museums. Not sure if that makes them in the public domain for review purposes though.

Anonymous said...

His work is great! It's tooo kewl! If I lived in NY I would be there! WOOO HOOO!

Tracy Helgeson said...

I am hoping to get down to the city to see this show in May and maybe in June as well. I love his work, but the when I saw it last fall, in real life, it really threw me off of my own work for awhile. I'm gonna rick it though!

Casey Klahn said...

Yes, Katherine. Isn't there a tunnel from London to New York City now? I think it's called the Atlunnel, or something like that.
From here, I need to go by covered wagon for a day, then turn right at the rock that looks like a bear...
I couldn't find a decent photograph of him in anything bigger than a postage stamp size. I think the photographers are jealous of their own work, but it would seem to me good for someone to provide a few public photos for free adverts like I am giving here.
As far as artwork, I won't post a living artist's art, out of fear of copyright infringement. I once posted some of his book covers, but I wonder how the publishers feel about that?
I would be flattered to have someone publish my book cover, all one of them!
Soon, I will be doing a month on the Abstract Expressionists, who are all soundly dead. Unfortunately for me, the photographers who have done the wonderful photographs of these artists may still own their photo rights. I am thinking about seeking permissions, though, because I may like to create a power point presentation about this subject - complete with photoshops of me in the mix, like during the van Gogh series that I recently did.
Looks like Angela is new fan. Way to go!
Tracy, I once balked at taking a workshop from a noted pastelist for fear of too much influence on my own style. I have some interesting "fences" that I put up in order to avoid being too close to Kahn.
If I'm too enamored of a particular work, I'll make sure to "turn the color wheel" so as not to copy his color composition. And, if I can find my own scenery to use, that protects me from being too close to his linear compositions. We have plenty of barns, here, for instance.
And, I have a whole different approach to pastels than him, which adds another layer of distance.
Also, his goals seem quite a bit different than mine, which helps.
But, to just look at his work closely, it is extremely enlightening to me. He does have some fascinating processes and renderings of color - out of this world, IMO.
On the other hand, I was very happy to do a little piece that used some of his scribbley style
with pastels, probably from some memory of looking at his pastels.
Also, now that I have looked at your work long enough, I see your process is completely different than his, and your linear compositions have your own (awesome) signature to them, as well. Ditto for colors.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Duh, typo, risk, not rick.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Casey, I agree that my process is completely different than his, and thanks for noticing that. I tend to prefer working with solid blocks of colors and when I saw his work, I could see that there were many colors (seemingly random, though not of course) within each segment. Somehow that really threw me off my solid color fields for awhile and I questioned my purpose in working that way. Seeing his work in person after looking at in books only and hearing for so long that my work resembled his, was somehow both inspiring and intimidating at the same time. It was odd.

Casey Klahn said...

You were going to "rick it". I thought that was some kind of New York slang that I was hopelessly behind on.
I think, after reading Justin Spring's book, that WK is all about layers. He is a master of transparent layers, which can look like a royal mess or can look like an incredible symphony- which is the case with him.
Now, I am not currently working with oil paint, so I know little on the subject. I noticed that the very "worked" canvas was an early choice for WK, and I think he got much of that from Hoffman, et al.
I see my own studies of WK and my influences from him are more on the pictorial level - compositional.
On the other hand, I continue to grow myself with pastel technique, and it has some interesting parallels to oil. Pastel is considered an opaque medium, but it has more versatility than that. I am now able to layer effectively, and I frequently want to "overwork" pieces. Am I showing off, or am I exploring the medium? These are the questions I ask myself.
I know that my influence from WK is a lot that I make pastels that key off of his oil paintings, rather than his pastels-which are definitely in the drawing category, IMHO.
I recently had trouble with a very attractive gallery in a very great location that first sought me out, but she has balked because I look a lot like another artist at another gallery on Main Street. It was a real challenge to my sense of originality!
Turns out to be a good thing, as it has forced me to work on communicating my direction and understanding my art. Also, I am happy to be derivative, since it's a basic truth about all art and, I feel, is essential to serious art.
Good thread, especially from such a simple post! Thanks everyone.

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