Angles Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of kinetic sculpture by Joseph Kohnke, Smart & Final. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery 3 from September 11th through October 23rd. A public reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 18th, from 6 to 8 PM.
Smart & Final is comprised of miniature mechanical oil derricks scattered about the surface of a small, weather-beaten picnic table. Each derrick is constructed out of plastic forks and knives the artist purchased from the California-based grocery super store chain, Smart & Final. Kohnke's cutlery-come-derricks connect the physical process of mining oil with plastic: one of the goods the commodity produces.
Kohnke appropriates a ready-made picnic table along with its existing cultural associations such as the American dream, road trips, and RV parks. As a component element in Smart & Final, the picnic table re-connects with familiar companions: disposable flatware. Yet, the table takes on a second role, symbolizing the earth itself, with it's limited capacity for agricultural production and the increasingly scare resources it has to offer. The fork-tine bases of the oil derricks stab the surface, as the butter knifes bob down, preparing to take, yet, another bite.
Joseph Kohnke has been making kinetic sculpture for over a decade. Combining found objects, motors, and human interaction, Kohnke has made plants wilt when they sense the viewer's presence, CPR masks that blow eerily into unmanned harmonicas, and lunchbox missile silos, among many others. Joseph Kohnke received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives and works in Los Angeles.