Tanya Leighton is proud to present Altered Future, a selection of new paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the gallery’s programme. Our present reality has taken a counterfactual turn. We are made unavoidably aware that the course of world events can be unexpectedly diverted, and that even apparently singular events are differently experienced by communities and consciousnesses. In Altered Future, intergenerational artistic voices reflect upon fragility, daring to imagine new landscapes of labour, desire, identity and community. The artworks are contextualised and elaborated through short videos and commissioned texts by art historians and critics including Shiva Balaghi, Sonja-Maria Borstner and Sabrina Tarasoff.
In ‘Bird Balance’ many spots come together as a connect-the-dots game. The obfuscated space between reads as a mesh, a space between observation and/or gaze, action and/or performance. The protagonist in the painting is a dog holding a stick in her mouth, balancing birds on either end of the stick.
–Kate Mosher Hall
‘Letting the light in’ is an image of a dark night where a light is beaming into an unknown forest, and it finds eyes flashing back. Little creatures watching you watching them.
The light and the dark parts of the painting have different resolutions to build in an atmosphere of difference between the two parts. The closer you are to the painting, the harder it is to see the creatures. But from far away they become more resolved as an image.
–Kate Mosher Hall
[The] ambiguities in Hall’s paintings go beyond optical illusion. Her work is deeply concerned with the spiritual conditions of looking, and how it can expand and limit our sense of reality.
–Allison Nicole Conner Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, 2021
Kate Mosher Hall (born in 1986 in Los Angeles, California) received her MFA from UCLA in 2020. Since then she has been pushing the boundaries of silkscreening techniques in her painting practice.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include ‘Without a body, without Bill’ at Hannah Hoffmann Gallery, Los Angeles in 2021; ‘LOQK’ at Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, and ‘Wind Breaker’ at Phil Gallery, Los Angeles, both in 2019, among others. Selected group exhibitions include ‘K as in Knight’ at Helena Anrather, New York in 2021; ‘Last Call’ at The Gallery at Michael’s, Santa Monica, California, and ‘The Sun is Also a Star’ at Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, both in 2019.
Kate Mosher Hall will have her first solo exhibition at Tanya Leighton, Berlin in September 2021.