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Watchlist Artist: Joseph Kohnke

Angles Gallery is pleased to present DISPLACEMENTS, featuring a new selection of works by Joseph Kohnke. This is the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition at Angles Gallery. The exhibition will be on view September 7th through October 26th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, September 7th, 6-8 PM.

Joseph Kohnke, renowned for his remarkable capacity to animate mechanical objects and everyday materials, continues to expand his investigation of the complex, intimate relationship between machines and people. Materially humble, conceptually brilliant installations that immediately engage the viewer in a literal dialogue with the inanimate. Relying on our innate perception of the uncanny, Kohnke’s work strives (and succeeds) to invoke an undeniable sense of something that is not there. To say the works simply animate the inanimate is so sell them short; the work is not merely kinetic. The artist elevates behaviors, implications, and suggestions to poetic affect. It is his capacity to produce disturbing effects with familiar objects – the sense of our mortal vulnerability – that touches the viewer so deeply. 

(text source: Angles Gallery)

Joseph Kohnke, Out of Touch, 2013, RCA Victor TV with stand, electronics, mechanical antennae 37-1/2 x 23-1/2 x 22 inches; antennae to 61-1/2 inches high; Courtesy of the Artist and Angles Gallery / Photography: Brian Forrest


More on Joseph Kohnke (b. 1973, Monterey, CA)

Joseph Kohnke is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores realms of life support, sustenance and other systems of existence. He does this by way of mechanized and static sculpture.  His work has been exhibited internationally, featured in solo and group exhibitions at: Angles Gallery (Los Angeles), Artspace (Peterborough), Stride Gallery (Calgary), Vox Populi Gallery (Philadelphia), Action Art Actuel (Quebec), International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago), Kasia Kay Gallery (Chicago), Gwanhoon Gallery (Seoul), & Artlab (Beijing), Chicago Cultural Center, Grunt Gallery (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago), Klein Art Works (Chicago) and Tokyo National University.  He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2007), an Illinois Arts Council Assistance Award (2006) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Trustee Merit Scholarship (2001-2003). Reviews of his work have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Art Letter, UR Chicago, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Sculpture.  He received the MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) and is currently the manager of the Model Shop at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

(text source: Angles Gallery)

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(Image on top: Joseph Kohnke, Absorbed , 2013, Boy mannequins, nickel-plated table, toy trains, 49 x 64 x 45 inches overall; Courtesy of the Artist and Angles Gallery / Photography: Brian Forrest)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/28/13

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