STEIDL X STRAND: Mona Kuhn
Thursday November 30: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Steidl Week continues as we host artist Mona Kuhn to discuss her lifetime of work, including pieces from the yet to be realeased collection.
A brief description of her future collection: Acclaimed for her intimate nudes, Mona Kuhn takes a new direction into abstraction in her latest series, She Disappeared in Complete Silence. Photographed at a golden modernist structure on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, architectural lines, light reflections and a single figure have been carefully balanced against the backdrop of the Californian desert.
The human figure in these images--Kuhn’s friend and collaborator Jacintha--emerges like a surrealist mirage, fragmented and indistinct, at times submerged in shadows or overexposed. The building’s facades of glass and mirrors serve as optical planes, an extension of the artist’s camera and lens. Light is split into refracting colors, desert vegetation grows sideways, inside is outside and outside in. Kuhn pushes a certain disorienting effect by introducing metallic foils as an additional surface, at times producing purely abstract results. She Disappeared in Complete Silence marks Kuhn’s increasing use of techniques that appear to merge the figure, abstraction and landscape into one.
Join us in the Rare Book Room for a signing with Mona Kuhn! Purchase a copy of her book, Private, to attend.