Ponchan

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Object Name: 
Chandelier
Title: 
Ponchan
Accession Number: 
2017.4.16
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 86.5 cm, W: 132 cm, D: 127 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
2017
Primary Description: 
Chandelier, "Ponchan". Blown and hot-sculpted yellow and white glass; powder-coated, tack-welded steel, lilac ostrich feathers, epoxy, two-prong LEDs, chain. (a) Steel body of the chandelier has a form reminiscent of a misshapen potato with silver and turquoise blue powder-coated finish. (b-k) The hand-blown and sculpted shades are in the form of cactus paddles with applied ostrich feathers in place of needles. Light fixture suspended by metal chain.
Provenance: 
Kahn, Misha (American, b. 1989), Source
2017
to
2017-12-01
Midden Heap
Venue(s)
Friedman Benda LLC 2017-10-26 through 2017-12-16
“The Giant Pacific Octopus is such an amazing creature,” says Kahn. “It can camouflage itself, get rid of predators by spraying them with black ink, regrow a limb and—most insane of all—decorate its front yard. Incorporating aquatic treasures, as well as the carcasses of their prey, they create scrappy underwater facades known as ‘midden heaps.’ For this show, I, too, collected crap from the sea that caught my attention: clusters of bags had been so entangled with each other that they now looked like kelp, a toilet seat became a textured shell, shards of broken bottles became so wobbly and deformed they looked like translucent calamari.” Midden Heap was born out of Kahn’s scavenging missions to Dead Horse Bay in the Rockaways, a stretch of beach where trash mounds cover the shoreline in the place of sand. Through a combination of weaving, metal cladding, glassblowing, and bronze casting, Kahn juxtaposes rich materials with found objects, discarded possessions and garbage, resisting the urge to categorize or prioritize one material over the other. At its core, Midden Heap is a self-referential exhibition, heavily influenced by Kahn’s freighted relationship to the contemporary design industry and his evolution as a creative force. While designers traditionally set out with predetermined goals to achieve specific results, in this defining exhibition, Kahn endeavors to free himself from a craft lineage as well as the constraints of strictly functional thought. Much like the ocean’s natural way of forming or reshaping everything it touches, Kahn’s practice is rooted in spontaneity while being subjected to cycles from outside forces. By allowing the illogical and the irreverent to take over his creative process, Kahn transforms a white-walled gallery space into a delightfully inventive alternate reality. “Each piece is part of a landscape I imagine as the earth gets swallowed by the sea,” he says. “No single object has any specific meaning. It’s all part of a feeling.” http://www.friedmanbenda.com/exhibitions/past/misha-kahn-midden-heap
Recent Important Acquisitions (2018) illustrated, p. 112 (left); BIB# 714834
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2017 (2018) illustrated, p. 53; BIB# 716596
Acquisitions (2018) illustrated, p. 57; BIB# 716602
Misha Kahn’s ‘Midden Heap’ at Friedman Benda, New York (2017-11-08)
Misha Kahn Is the Millennial Maker for Our Anxious Times (2017-11-03) illustrated
Midden Heap by Misha Kahn (2017-11-03) illustrated
At His Latest Exhibition, Misha Kahn Talks Trash (2017-11-01) illustrated, minute 2:10-2:15;
10 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week (2017-10-25)
Explore Misha Kahn’s World (2017-10-09)
How Nautical Waste Inspired This Furniture Designer’s Work of Art illustrated, minute 1:05-1:07;