Commissioned by the celebrated performance art biennial Performa 15 and debuting in November, Work is the first museum presentation of Wyatt Kahn’s theatrical puppet show. In this tongue-in-cheek performance, Kahn’s paintings come to life and argue with him, rising up against their maker in a comical climax. Manipulated by the artist, these irascible paintings-as-puppets critique Kahn’s creations, mimicking the language of daytime talk shows on WNYC that fill his real-life studio, generating a conversation between artist, artwork, and audience about the various stages of artistic production. Each puppet—a, small copy of a large-scale painting—is modular, post-Minimalist, and shifts between illusions of depth and flatness through the sculptural collaging of white panels. Animated, they take on the high-spirited personalities and states of mind that brought them into existence in the first place – complex, humorous, and entirely the product of an irrepressible imagination. Learn more about the performance here. This program contains occasional adult language.
Wyatt Kahn Performance
Fri Dec 11, 2015, 1:30am