The Pit is pleased to announce the opening of Heatstroke, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Stanya Kahn

Opening Sunday September 18, 2016 from 4-7pm

September 18 - October 30, 2016

Heatstroke

“Satire is tragedy plus time.” — Lenny Bruce

This is a show of new and recent drawings. Works on paper, canvas and digital animation continue Kahn’s practice of using allegory and metaphor to complicate spaces between humor and anxiety, irony and awe, dejection and concern. Some of the pieces are new, showing here for the first time. Some are from Kahn’s 2015 solo show Die Laughing at Marlborough Chelsea in New York and included in an artist’s book by the same name.

 “All of this was made with a lot of pleasure despite various feelings of terror, grief and worry. El Niño never came, my mom died, the cops shot over 500 people. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. No more icebergs. This is just the tip of death’s boney middle finger. If I could say one thing, I’d tell you that scientifically speaking, snakes only ever eat their own tails when they are having a severe anxiety attack due to heatstroke. The snakes eating their tails here aren’t necessarily spiritual symbols or references to the mystical “Ouroboros.” They are self-destructing in a hot panic. While the image of a snake eating it’s tail has been used to refer to the cyclical nature of life and death, to eternity and the infinite in many cultures—from Greek, Indian, Norse and South American mythology to systems of thought in Alchemy and Yoga—the ancient Egyptian idea of a circling “formless disorder that surrounds the orderly world and is involved in that world's periodic renewal” seems to most closely reflect the wildness of worry, especially that which is brought on by hostile environmental conditions. Severe drought; the unregulated heat of citizen disempowerment in a two-party system seemingly air-locked with no cross-stream; love and family in late capitalism atomizing the body-mind connection faster than you can say dialectic. It’s getting hot in here. Tail in mouth, we are eating the wrong thing.”  —Kahn

 

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Heatstroke, installation shot.

Stanya Kahn, Heatstroke, Flashe and oil on canvas, 60 x 60"

Stanya Kahn, Heatstroke, Flashe and oil on canvas, 60 x 60"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Blue River), Oil on canvas, 14.5 x 20.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Blue River), Oil on canvas, 14.5 x 20.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Green Hills / Ice River), Oil on canvas, 13.75 x 19.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Green Hills / Ice River), Oil on canvas, 13.75 x 19.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Pink Lake), Oil on canvas, 13.75 x 19.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Pink Lake), Oil on canvas, 13.75 x 19.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Sea), Oil on canvas, 13.75 x 21.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Sea), Oil on canvas, 13.75 x 21.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Dark River), Oil on canvas, 14.5 x 20.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Dark River), Oil on canvas, 14.5 x 20.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Crystal River), Oil on canvas, 13.5 x 18.5"

Stanya Kahn, Land (Crystal River), Oil on canvas, 13.5 x 18.5"

Stanya Kahn, Untitled, Oil stick and flashe on paper, 21.25 x 27"

Stanya Kahn, Untitled, Oil stick and flashe on paper, 21.25 x 27"

Stanya Kahn, In All the Wrong Places, Ink on paper, 7.5 x 10"

Stanya Kahn, In All the Wrong Places, Ink on paper, 7.5 x 10"

Stanya Kahn, Keep it Together, Gesso and oil pastel on canvas, 53.75 x 123.25"

Stanya Kahn, Keep it Together, Gesso and oil pastel on canvas, 53.75 x 123.25"

Stanya Kahn, Kill Me if I Ever Get that Hot, Flashe, oil, and ink on canvas, 47 x 59.5"

Stanya Kahn, Kill Me if I Ever Get that Hot, Flashe, oil, and ink on canvas, 47 x 59.5"

Stanya Kahn, Everything is Nothing, Oil and flashe on canvas, 45 x 75"

Stanya Kahn, Everything is Nothing, Oil and flashe on canvas, 45 x 75"

Stanya Kahn, Acclimation, Gesso, flashe, and ink on canvas, 67 x 62"

Stanya Kahn, Acclimation, Gesso, flashe, and ink on canvas, 67 x 62"

Stanya Kahn, Untitled (worms / bath salts), Gesso, acrylic, and ink on canvas, 74.5 x 55.75"

Stanya Kahn, Untitled (worms / bath salts), Gesso, acrylic, and ink on canvas, 74.5 x 55.75"

Stanya Kahn, Yes and No, Gesso, acrylic, and ink on canvas, 75.75 x 54.5"

Stanya Kahn, Yes and No, Gesso, acrylic, and ink on canvas, 75.75 x 54.5"