One Four Gallery is pleased to present Formerly Known As, a solo exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles based artist Christopher Kuhn. The exhibition will be on view from Aug 10th to Oct 12th.
Formerly Known As is set with the foundation of turning a previously made painting into something else. There are paintings underneath Kuhn’s works. Some years old, others more recent. Some half-finished, set aside halfway through and forgotten about.
By painting over the previous version with brushmarks in a solid monochrome color, Kuhn rests the composition and creates a whole new body of work. Painting over the solid parts with an off-white color that matches the hue of the raw canvas, Kuhn creates a thin silhouette outline of the brushmark. The top layer becomes flat, framing windows where one can see marks and colors from the earlier paintings peeking through underneath.
In certain cases, Kuhn has painted over the brush marks with a gradient, flowing from white to blue or white to the color of the raw linen. Meticulously rendered in bands blended together, the gradient both flattens the surface and creates the illusion of a metallic quality, recalling the way light reflects off of the screens on our phones and computers.
The result is a painting that references modern technology while maintaining the materials and techniques of traditional painting. Like a city where one can experience layers of history coexisting together - a modern skyscraper standing tall among an ancient palace of temple complex - the surface of these paintings is comprised of the present and the past. There are paintings underneath these paintings.