James Cohan is pleased to open Certain Skins, an exhibition of works by Graham Anderson, Sadie Benning, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, and Byron Kim. The exhibition opens Wednesday, June 29 and will be on view through September 11 at the gallery's Lower East Side location.
The works collected in this exhibition explore the role materials may play in the construction of images. Utilizing a range of invented and hybrid processes that underscore the mutability between surface and image, the featured works incorporate elements of painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography into novel material states that embody rather than depict images.
Byron Kim stains his recent paintings with natural dyes and then works them with oil and earth pigments on a variety of fabric including canvas, linen, muslin, burlap and silk. The physical nature of the fabric - its absorbency, texture, thickness, strength, transparency and color - informs the process which evolves as the painting develops. Kim became interested in bruises upon encountering a passage in a poem by Carl Phillips about his sleeping lover’s bruise illuminated by dawn’s light. Phillips describes the bruise “lifting itself over time from the darker/ blues to, slowly, something like amber/ to at last whatever, before the wounding/ the flesh was.” Kim recognizes the bruise with or without the context of flesh as a perfectly rich subject, something he would like to imagine and to bring into the world as a metaphor.