Galleri Urbane is pleased to welcome artist Anna Kunz back to Texas for her first show in
Dallas. Kunz’s works incorporate a variety of different media, from works on paper and
paintings, to site-specific sculpture and installation. Dyed fabrics function as nets to
capture and manipulate light and color. The experiential nature of the artist’s works
invites viewers to break usual taboos of touching and walking among installations, in an
attempt to disrupt, for the viewer, typical notions of time and space.
Kunz prepared for her Urbane show by constructing a model replica of the space, as the
show incorporates site-specific wall-painting and “porous paintings” in an installation
seeking to manipulate opacity and transparency. Though having never visited Dallas
prior, Kunz researched the city’s seasonal light in an effort maximize the relationships
between the separate elements of works positioned around the gallery. Assembly of
holistic works is achieved by first positioning fabric next to walls to determine each
piece’s general layout. The fabric is then painted—allowing paint to penetrate the
material and register on the walls as a primitive means of transfer. The nature of these
works necessitates the artist take cues from patterns of light within the gallery space.
Colors are positioned to best cultivate optical effect.
The transparent elements of the installation implicate the viewer and their body within
the space. The work is never static, always moving, shifting, cultivating a similar
displacement in time when viewed. Kunz’s intention is to reflect our current mass means
of discerning imagery, via computer screens, where multiple images are taken in at
once. Relationships can tangentially form between disparate images, stimulating the
process of new and original ideas. Kunz’s current works draw influence from the
Washington Color School of the 1950s and 60s, the three-dimensional work of Alan
Shields, the abstract expressionist paintings of Helen Frankenthaler, and the abstract
forms of Hilma af Klint. The artist seeks to question the static nature of painting. By
moving her brush beyond the canvas surface and on to the wall, her works invent a
space in flux, never fixed or contained.
Kunz’s work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions in
New York City, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Houston, San Antonio, the UK and Poland.
Recent exhibitions include Verge at Munch Gallery, NYC; Luminae at White Box NYC;
Spectral Landscape at Gallery 400 UIC; The Smart Museum at the University of
Chicago: and large scale installation for Navy Pier at Expo Chicago. She has received
awards and nominations from organizations such as Artadia; the Fund for Art and
Dialogue; the Edward Albee Foundation; the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation; the
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; The Marie Walsh
Sharpe Foundation; The Chicago Office of Cultural Affairs; and the Emerging Artist
Award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.