Abstraction is key in Mona Kuhn's new series of
works, set to go on view in an exhibition at Flowers Gallery from
4th April - 10th May, 2014. The LA-based artist, acclaimed for her
contemporary and intimate depictions of the nude, takes a new
direction in this latest series titled: Acido Dorado. On
view will be a selection of photographic works ranging from
landscapes, architectural details, reflections and a single figure
repeatedly obscured and dislocated.
Set against the backdrop of the Californian desert,
and photographed at the golden modernist structure Acido Dorado in
Joshua Tree National Park, Kuhn's photographs playfully combine a
number of visual strategies. Patterning, translucency and
reflectivity are mixed with the casual closeness between
photographer and her subject, Kuhn's friend and collaborator
Jacintha. Kuhn pushes the effect by introducing metallic foil as an
additional surface, in some cases producing purely abstract results.
The human figure emerges like a surrealist mirage,
fragmented and indistinct, only to be submerged in shadows or over
exposed. The building's facade is glass and mirrors; it serves as
an optical extension to the artist's camera and lens. Light is
split into refracting colours, desert vegetation grows sideways,
inside is outside and outside in.
The exhibition marks Kuhn's increasing focus on
photographic techniques that appear to dissolve the figure into its
environment, whilst continuing her ongoing re-interpretation of the
art-historical genre of the nude. This time she investigates
further, by bringing together the figure, abstractions and
landscape into one.