Wyatt Kahn, ‘Untitled’, 2017, Public Art Fund 2017 Spring Benefit

In the tradition of minimalist abstraction, Wyatt Kahn assembles monochrome multi-paneled works on stretched, unprimed canvas over wooden frames. Shifts in surface, structure, and depth serve to create an interplay between two and three dimensions, culminating in illusory pictorial compositions. Aluminum, brass, and lead converge in Kahn’s 2017 work Untitled, a jagged geometry ringed in shadow. This year Khan’s works have been displayed in solo exhibitions at Ramiken Crucible in New York and Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich.

Image rights: Courtesy of Wyatt Kahn, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, and Xavier Hufkens

About Wyatt Kahn

Wyatt Kahn is a sculptor by training, but creates works that he considers to be paintings. An older series of large canvas-based work were made through a complex process using black rubber, charcoal powder, and stencils, resulting in 2-D works with fragile, understated surfaces. A more recent series consisted of abstract compositions made of many unpainted canvases, stretched over irregularly shaped frames; these monochromatic works employ negative space and geometry to create abstract compositions. Kahn cites as his influences Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jay Defeo, the latter of whom Kahn admires for “[pushing] painting to the limits of sculpture.” To this he adds, “I am trying to push sculpture to the limits of painting.”

American, b. 1983