Art in Jasmax: Simon Kaan

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Dawn McMath

We are privileged to be showcasing a triptych by artist Simon Kaan in our Auckland studio!

Untitled 11 16, is part of a body of work that was recently exhibited at Sanderson Contemporary Gallery. The Black Cloud exhibition featured a number of large scale works that investigates Simon's inquiry into the contrasting form.

The Dunedin based artist is of Ngāi Tahu, Chinese and European descent and his work often incorporates elements of his mixed heritage. Simon specialised in printmaking at Otago Polytechnic School of Art and has a dedicated printmaking practice. In addition to this, he is also known for his painting and performance work.

In an essay by Linda Tyler, Kaan gives insight into his painting technique, a process that involves "preparing an etching plate where paint is smeared

across surfaces like ink over metal, a methodology which generates meaning out of material processes. Rather than cover the substrate – wooden panel or canvas – with a thick skin of colour, the paint is wiped off with a rag so that it becomes a permeable membrane, allowing the tooth of the linen or the grain of the wood to manifest through. His practice is repetitive and habitual, like meditation.”

If you are interested in purchasing the artist work, contact Sanderson Contemporary Gallery at 09 520 0501.

The triptych will be on show from 14 October to 31 January 2017 during office hours (8.30 - 17.00). For Health & Safety reasons, visitations must be called ahead, please contact Reception at 09 366 9626.

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