Angles Gallery is pleased to present DISPLACEMENTS, featuring a new selection of works by Los Angeles artist 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.
Kohnke's superb facility with materials belies the DIY resourcefulness found throughout his practice. Using humble materials, he pushes the conceptual envelope in an ongoing dialogue fraught with sociopolitical implications, yet deeply intimate and personal struggles. Mediating human qualities by technology, Kohnke handily straddles allegory and illusion with sculptures and installations that are highly interesting, yet allusive and poetic. Human presence is all around the viewer, but uncannily absent, leaving us to ponder machines with a life of their own.
Joseph Kohnke has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tokyo National University, Japan; Stride Gallery, Alberta, Canada; Gwanhoon Gallery, Seoul; and International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago. Recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2007) and Artist and Residency, Tokyo National University (2004), Kohnke received his BFA degree from San Jose State University, and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Pasadena, California.