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Hanna Hur at Kristina Kite
September 11, 2021 - November 8, 2021(All times are in PDT)
At Kristina Kite, Hanna Hur’s paintings match the gallery’s signature checkered floor. Yet, unlike the floor, Hur’s paintings, many of which include delicately laid checker-boards and grids, are sensitive portals which carry a delicate and mystical energy. Anges Martin comes to mind — work in which a firm dedication to linear space doesn’t eschew a spiritual bent.
“It’s a struggle to keep our perceptual step in sync with the metronome of her enveloping canvases,” reads a statement accompanying the show. In addition her grids, radial lines emanate outward in many works, like energetic fields that pull towards a central focus. Hur often applies colored pencil directly to her canvas, bringing attention to the canvas’ own subtle irregularities.
In Muse ii, the loose framework of a room is drawn with perspectival space, though a checkered floor disobeys the perspective, using a standard checkered grid rather than a warped perspective to create the illusion of space. At the meeting of each wall, red, fetal-like shapes hover, mirroring each other as they barely touch. The subtle tension of the mystical objects paired with the oddity of the perspective holds the viewer in a strange space of unfolding, as if the work’s layered meaning might slowly unfurl if you only ask the right questions.
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Photo: Hanna Hur, Red Ecstatic (installation view) (2021). Image courtesy of the artist and Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Paul Salveson.