K U R Z D A V O N
12 may – 18 june, 2016
reception: thursday, 12 may, 6-8 pm
The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present K U R Z D A V O N, an exhibition of new paintings by the Danish artist Leif Kath. This will be the artist’s fourth one-person exhibition with the gallery. The gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 6th floor, and is open Tuesday - Saturday 11–6. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, 12 May, from 6-8 pm.
Leif Kath's motifs are based on simple, modernist models, but always with an element of something other; an undefined attachment to an updated view of art strongly rooted in the methods and precision of graphic art. The immediate impression is that of a clean cut, a minimalist approach to pure form and color, adding action and story to the formal content of the work.
“In the words of the writer Ernest Hemingway, it can be said that Leif Kath knows the quality of his art by looking at what he leaves out. This requires courage and a clear line of thought.
Leif Kath’s art springs from passionate concentration. He is not a man who proclaims his skill. He lets the images speak for themselves. And they do so with convincing clarity in a non-figurative and beautiful language of vibrant life. In the artist’s own words, it is about ‘reduction and concentration’. Over the past few years his works have grown increasingly intense and supple in style. We find ourselves at the core of the artistic process when standing before paintings, drawings, graphic works or sculptures by Leif Kath. For he is not afraid to linger in the vibrant, creative field. In his own characteristic way of expressing it, he approaches this central, creative starting point with ‘curiosity and humility’.”
Excerpt from essay by Eva Pohl, MA, PhD, which appears in a fully illustrated catalog that accompanies this exhibition.