Sliding Hope 2018
Sliding Hope is from the on going body of work, The Baby Tooth Isn’t Loose, that delves into an estranged exploration of the fault lines in human nature. Today’s world is a hotbed of conflict and tension with ecological circumstances bearing catastrophic damage abetted by human negligence. Yet life survives in small symbolic tokens illuminating the existence of hope in the face of ceaseless disaster. Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
Rise is from the on going body of work, The Baby Tooth Isn’t Loose, that delves into an estranged exploration of the fault lines in human nature. This works addresses post-colonial structures surrounding race and labor within a continued push for development worldwide. The burning brush as a symbol of power serves to enchant and mystify the viewer where its seductive qualities are both magnetic and concerning. Additionally, referencing The Creation of Adam, the hands are a powerful tool that adversely looks back to euro-centric beginnings and even the brain as a tool for greed and gain in this case. Systematically, this work (scale included 57×70 in) serves as an important angle in the larger body of the work where seemingly impersonal elements of labor have tremendous consequences on consumerism, trade, and global dominance.
Finding Neverland 2017
Finding Neverland is from the on going body of work The Baby Tooth Isn’t Loose that delves into an estranged exploration of the fault lines in human nature. The boy running up into a mystical landscape references a leap to youthfulness offering suggestions of both running to or from something on a man made path bisecting a natural landscape. Removed from context the child represents a dreamlike state without any certainty and playfulness which form a component of soft contrast as a source of reprieve from the other more alarming visuals in this work.
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Southwest United States based visual artist Brendon Kahn’s work explores today’s reality where the approach to photography is navigated by a mirage in the vicinity of contrast and unsettling moments where uncanny disruptions defamiliarize our experiences with the ordinary. Guided by competition and paved by modernity’s fierce push for perfection, these strangely manufactured channels of both sincerity and surreal moments raise questions around our notions of certainty and visual faith. With concentrated focus, he creates highly charged and psychologically captivating images of great resonance. Recently completing his BFA at CCA in San Francisco, he continues to make lens based work and won the PDNedu Grandprize for Landscape as well being a finalist for Miami Photo, HeadOn, Lenzburg Foto, shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation x Chromalux Fine Art Scholarship, winner of the Photography Award for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, and one of the Lensculture 2019 Emerging Artist winners.