Born in New York, USA, in 1983
Lives and works in New York, USA
Wyatt Kahn received a bachelor’s degree in 2006 from the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in 2012 from Hunter College in New York. Trained as a sculptor, Kahn creates assemblages of raw canvas in various sizes and geometric forms. His works therefore constantly oscillate between painting and sculpture, altering our perception of dimensionality. With a strategic approach to diverse techniques, the artist juxtaposes depth and flatness; for example, the breaks between each panel create the illusion of lines on the canvas. The resulting works have a striking aesthetic simplicity, which allows raw interaction between the forms, not unlike works of Modern Abstraction.
His recent works Untitled (2014), presented in the exhibition NEXT, are part of a new body of work where Kahn has engaged in an exploration of color. These strange organic forms call to mind earthly mountainous formations and vast expanses of land. Drawing inspiration from concepts of perspective used in painting, the artist stretches two layers of canvas over each panel: the first canvas, a brightly colored layer followed by a second layer of monochromatic linen. The bright colours of the first layer remain vaguely visible through the linen. This reinforces the illusion of perspective in Kahn’s compositions.