Andrew CannonNovember 4, 2017–January 27, 2018 320 West 13th Street Gallery
White Columns is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition by Andrew Cannon (b. 1988,
Redlands, CA.) Cannon’s exhibition comprises six recent wall-mounted works that operate in an elastic territory somewhere between architecture, painting and sculpture.
At White Columns Cannon’s hybrid works negotiate the classical genres of landscape (e.g. ‘Italy in Goethe’), portraiture (e.g. ‘Beaver, Real Estate, John Astor’), and still-life (e.g. ‘Red Shield Shelf’), together they amplify Cannon’s alchemical approach to making and his promiscuous engagement with materials: which has included gold leaf, holographic foil, epoxy, urethane foam, putty, plexiglas, and oil paint among other pigments.
Equally promiscuous in their referents and departure points Cannon’s works invoke an unruly art history, one that suggests simultaneously the improvised languages of Joan Mitchell or Cy Twombly, the folk imagination of Thornton Dial, and the visionary architectural propositions of Hermann Finsterlin, all filtered through a kind of fin-de-siècle ‘atmosphere’ – think Huysmans’ ‘Against Nature’: a seemingly anachronistic ‘tone’ that pervades all of Cannon’s work, establishing an unsettling ‘mood’ that seems highly apposite for our current uncertain times.
Andrew Cannon (b. 1988) lives and works in New York. He received an MFA from Columbia University in 2017, and a BA from UCLA in 2010. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2014, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions in California and New York.
Listen to a Know Wave interview with Andrew Cannon here.