Cornerhouse, in collaboration with Abandon Normal Devices Festival (AND) and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, presents this accompanying publication on the occasion of the first European solo exhibition of new and recent work by acclaimed Los Angeles artist Stanya Kahn.
Using humour as a central device, It’s Cool, I’m Good presents a selection of videos and drawings, characterised by the artist’s signature blend of dark comedy, visceral characters and reluctant optimism. Specifically commissioned for the exhibition, Kahn also premieres her latest video work Who Do You Think You Are.
Kahn’s video works navigate personal trauma and resilience; mundane interactions and casual jokes belie a deeper consciousness of environmental concerns, social and political alienation. Yet whether made of flesh and blood, plastic or crumpled paper, Kahn’s characters’ struggle for success (or mere survival) in a profoundly absurd world is thrown into relief by the works’ underlying current of self-deprecating and occasionally fragile humour.
Included are two essays by Glenn Phillips of the Getty Research Institute, plus exhibition curators Henriette Huldisch and Sarah Perks. Also featured is an interview with Stanya Kahn by Bren O’Callaghan, Visual Art Programme Manager, Cornerhouse.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Stanya Kahn: It’s Cool, I’m Good, at Cornerhouse, Manchester, 23 June – 16 September 2012.