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STANYA KAHN

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“It’s Cool\, I’m Good”

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March 13 - Apr il 24\, 2009

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Reception: Saturday\, March 13\, 6 - 8 pm

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Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to present three new vid eos by Stanya Kahn in two adjoining exhibition spaces.

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Using humor a s a central device\, Kahn combines storytelling with visceral performances\ , blurring the lines between the fictional and the real to show how languag e is forged out of trauma.  Her new body of work aims beyond the notion tha t humor alleviates bad feelings in bad times\, proposing that bad times can reconfigure our language and the way we make meaning\, thus giving rise to new forms of articulation. Paralleling the ways in which jokes compress an d expand meaning\, Kahn organizes her narratives along the lines of a psych o-emotional unpacking.  Less concerned about linear time or plot arcs\, she makes full use of the moving pictures’ spectacle of sound\, image\, moveme nt\, and performance to keep us “being-in-the-world”.

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Two of the videos\ , Sandra and Kathy\, feature “real” people\, Kahn’s mother an d her closest friend. In the intimacy provided by such close relations\, Ka hn elicits from these characters difficult stories recalling traumatic time s\, within a present moment that is equally fraught. And yet\, both women’s charismatic resiliency upends the tragic with the absurdly comic\, redefin ing the present by re-performing and re-wording the past.

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In the third a nd central video\, It’s Cool\, I’m Good\, language and physicality m erge as Kahn resumes her familiar place in front of the camera. With a comp lex sound score and over twenty locations featured\, It’s Cool\, I’m Goo d reflects a stressed personal state amidst a stressed environment. Eco nomic collapse\, urban tension\, ecological demise are real and metaphorica l contexts for the pressurized state of just being\, represented symbolical ly by full-body injuries from a mysterious cause. With an inexorable sense of humor\, Kahn’s protagonist is vulnerable and manipulative\, narcissistic and generous\, steering the viewer as an enthusiastic tour guide all the w hile offering a non-stop flow of anecdotes\, observations\, and advice on h ow to navigate this difficult reality.

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Stanya Kahn\, and her work in col laboration with Harry Dodge\, was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has been featured recently in “Virtuoso Illusions” at MIT\, Cambridge\, MA \, curated by Michael Rush\; in “Slightly Unbalanced” at the Harnnett Museu m\, Richmond\, Virginia\; in “Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Femin ist Video” at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art\, Brooklyn M useum of Art\; in “Code Share: 5 continents\, 10 biennales\, 20 arti sts”\, CAC Vilnius\, Lithuania\; in the “Videonale 12”\, Kunsthalle Bonn\, Bonn\; in “Unusual Behavior\,” Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art\, S anta Barbara\, in “California Video\,” Getty Museum\, Los Angeles\; in “Lau ghing in a Foreign Language\,” The Hayward\, London\; in  “Between Two Deat hs”\, ZKM/Center for Art and Media\, Karlsruhe\, Germany\; in “Eden’s Edge” \, Hammer Museum\, Los Angeles\, CA\; in “Shared Women”\, Los Angeles Conte mporary Exhibitions\, Los Angeles\, CA\; in “Defamation of Character”\, PS 1\, Contemporary Art Center\; and in  “Marking Time”\, at the Getty Museum and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions\, among others.

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