Ned Kahn’s playful and mysterious artworks emerge from a confluence of science and art. Inspired by atmospheric physics, geology, astronomy, and fluid motion, Kahn seeks to enable viewers to observe and interact with natural processes. Flowing water, fog, sand, and light feature prominently throughout the artist’s work to create complex and ever changing systems. His indoor and outdoor installations work to frame and enhance our perception of natural phenomena. This presentation highlights works by Kahn from the di Rosa collection, including two key sculptures that have not been exhibited in over 10 years.
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Saturday, March 19, 2016, 4-6 PM
Ned Kahn in Conversation
Location: Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition is underwritten by Silverpoint Cellars.
Collection in Focus is an ongoing exhibition series highlighting important and often understudied objects from di Rosa’s permanent collection that would otherwise remain in storage.
About the Artist
Ned Kahn (b. 1960) has gained international prominence for his work combining art, science, and public space. Kahn worked as an apprentice to Frank Oppenheimer, the founder of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, during the 1980s and designed many notable exhibits for the institution. He has gone on to complete numerous public commissions around the world, including recent large-scale public projects in Fort Worth, Texas, and Perth, Australia. His Bay Area installations include Wind Portal (2003), installed in the Bart station at San Francisco Airport; Digitized Field (2004), adorning the side of the AT&T building in downtown Santa Rosa; and Erratic Fence (2014), atop the Art Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. He is currently working on a new piece for the Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco, set to open in fall 2017. Kahn is a 2003 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s genius grant. He lives and works in Sebastopol, CA.