New York, NY: Monday, November 23rd, 2015: KESH is pleased to announce her solo exhibition LJUS2 at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery in New York City. The exhibition, which will open January 14th, 2016 and run through February 14th, 2016, marks the first exhibition that KESH will showcase on the east coast.
KESH is the fourth female artist to showcase an exhibition at Catherine Ahnell Gallery this year. KESH follows on the heels of Tali Lennox, Ahn Sun Mi, and Rebecca Dayan - three other emerging female talents who have exhibited at Catherine Ahnell Gallery in 2015; the live-in workspace, established by Catherine Ahnell with the intent of creating a unique experience through the presenting art in it’s place of creation, has set out to exclusively showcase female artists for the entire year of 2015. With KESH slated to begin her residency at the gallery on December 14th 2015 she closes out the calendar year as the final female talent to show at the gallery for 2015.
KESH will join the likes of past exhibitors who have showcased at Catherine Ahnell Gallery including Tali Lennox, Rebecca Dayan, Ahn Sun Mi, Miljan Suknovic, Sambre, L'Atlas, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, Jonas 'Sun7' Bournat, TANC, LMDLDZR (LeMoDuLeDeZeeR), and Yaze Yassine Mekhnache, in undergoing the process of living and creating her show within the gallery space.
For one month prior to the LJUS2 exhibition opening KESH will live within the gallery, transforming the space itself into an art studio wherein KESH will not only live but also produce the works for the upcoming exhibition for the purpose of allowing collectors and media the ability to understand the artists work and process. The month-long residency will be followed by a one-month solo exhibition of the art created by KESH within the space for LJUS2. KESH will celebrate the opening of the LJUS2 exhibition with a private reception on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013.
The KESH solo exhibition LJUS2 will be open to the public for the duration of four weeks following the opening reception beginning on Saturday, January 16th 2016, and close on Sunday, February 14th 2016 at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013.
KESH is an English born artist who works with an array of mediums that integrate bold shapes and digital graphics through a monochromatic color scheme.
KESH held her first independent show, entitled ME.ME.ME, in Los Angeles, 2012. Heavily influenced by isolation and loneliness, KESH produced 14 signed and framed large scale self analyzations interpreting her process of making a show about herself, by herself. The artist’s debut show, ME.ME.ME, garnered the attention of American Apparel who would ultimately partner with the L.A.-based artist to create a capsule colle ction of graphic black-and-white apparel featuring her signature print across a range of styles including T-shirts and hats for American Apparel. Upon launching in 2013 the KESH x American Apparel collection was incredibly successful with the support of the artists global fan base taking to Instagram to support the emerging artist on her debut collaboration collection with the global retailer. From models Cara Delevingne (frequently seen in multiple pieces from the collaboration) and Jourdan Dunn, to musicians like 2NE1, Wiz Khalifa, Skepta, and Nicki Minaj, it seemed that everyone was Instagramming KESH’S signature print for American Apparel - the collection was sold in flagship stores around the world, from Tokyo to Berlin to New York. The artist notably called out fashion house Versace for duplicating her design in the spring of 2015, as noted by New York Magazine.
KESH held her second show, entitled WAWW, in December of 2013. The show, an exploration of the artist’s interests in media consumption, consisted of 10 signed and framed pieces which sought to push observers to face the question of “what are we worshipping?” - the show was held at The Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.
In October of 2015 KESH debuted a third show, entitled Flight:RS279, at the Visual Artists Group of Los Angeles. By living and sleeping in the open gallery space for 5 days, KESH encouraged the participation of her digital audience by inviting them to view her process during a 5 day period. Without leaving the gallery KESH created a series of perspex works which utilize and play with direct natural or synthetic light. This live installation was a precursor to her upcoming exhibition, DOCK:LJUS2, that is slated to debut at Catherine Ahenell Gallery on January 14th, 2016.
KESH has been featured in top tier publications including Vogue, Elle, i-D, The New York Times, LA Weekly and The Huffington Post.
The artist is known for her loyal fan base which includes Jeremy Scott, Willow Smith, Cara Delevingne, Kanye West, Prince and many more.
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ABOUT CATHERINE AHNELL GALLERY:
Catherine Ahnell Gallery Freerunning Art Corp represents recognized young foreign artists by introducing them to the New York market. Debuting in New York these artists have received critical acclaim abroad where they are represented by established galleries such as Magda Danysz and Suzanne Tarasieve. They have also exhibited in art forums such as Foundation Cartier, Espace Louis Vuitton, Palais Tokyo and the Les Bains Douches project curated by Magda Danysz - an art exhibition showing installations from the world's most prominent street artists. It's not just a gallery. It's a live in work space with the goal to create an unique experience by presenting art in it's place of creation. The idea of the gallery came to Ahnell while living in Paris for three years before opening the gallery, meeting with artists as a collector. The meeting with Yassine Mekhnache was especially important; he was also the very first artist in residence and co-director in the beginning. “This project is a gift to myself,” says Ahnell, “an experience I would like to share with others.”
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