The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the vibrant new retail center SoCo (South Coast Collection) at Hyland and Sunflower in Costa Mesa, California is pleased to announce the opening of "Objects" an exhibition of the mixed media constructions by German artist, Volker Kühn. The exhibit runs through March 15, 2013.
Kühn, born in 1948, studied at the Bremen Academy of Arts where he studied sculpture. His first commission was a mirrored "objects" installation at the Bremen Nautical Academy in 1974. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.
Visiting Kühn's studio you would immediately notice his carefully sorted drawers that reach wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, each drawer labeled with "elephants", "dromedaries", "spirit levels", "feathers", "women–large", "cowboys", "toothpicks", or "teddys (as in teddy bears) for instance. He never knows where his peregrinations will lead him. However, his work table is less orderly and is often looked upon as "productive chaos."
makes compelling statements about the human predicament that are strangely free
of irony and didacticism. His surrealistic freeze-frames could be described as
“visual puns” which intrigue the viewer and reward them with the joy of solving
His wife, Edda, best explains the appeal of his work, ''The nature of art is to draw the observer out
of a state of reserve. Volker Kühn's “Objects” are an example of how this
works. The spontaneous reaction – mostly a smile – is transformed into
contemplation. The smile returns again later, sometimes broadening into a grin,
provoking the question: How is it possible for a person to invent such
grotesque situations? In doing so, he exploits the materials to their utmost potential. Is there something pedantic in his make-up?
Oh yes, and chaotic to boot! His very nature is contradictory. In his hands nonsense suddenly makes
For more information regarding the work of Volker Kühn , stop the Chuck Jones Gallery in Costa Mesa at 3321 Hyland Avenue. Contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant for a private online viewing of the collection.
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