This is the first US solo exhibition of German photographer Mona Kuhn’s newest large-scale colour series, Acido Dorado. These photographs of nudes aim to show the human body in its most natural state, timeless and free from cultural and generational stereotypes.
A sense of comfort permeates each photograph; the subjects feel safe and at ease, allowing a genuine conveyance of emotion. She begins each series with a specific colour palette and emotion in mind, then she chooses a location, and lastly her subjects. Working intimately with a group of friends, Kuhn considers each photograph a collaboration whereby postures mirror environments and open up a dialogue about the human body’s interaction with the setting.
Classically trained, Kuhn’s compositions are painterly studies, each photograph thoughtfully arranged and multi-dimensional with a careful selective focus, giving the viewer the opportunity to only enter specific areas of the frame and leaving the remainder up to the imagination.
Acido Dorado is set inside architect Robert Stone’s secluded golden palace in Joshua Tree National Park, California and captures Kuhn’s close friend and collaborator Jacintha. Shallow pools, mirrored ceilings and glass walls frame sandy coloured hallucinations, filled with seductive reflections as Jacintha interacts dreamily with the American desert.
Mona Kuhn: Acido Dorado, until 18 October, Edwynn Houk Gallery, 745 5th Ave #407, New York, NY 10151, USA. For more information head to www.houkgallery.com.
1. Mona Kuhn, from the Acido Dorado series. Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery.
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