Art & Collectible Design
Misha Kahn: Watermelon Party
April 1, 2021 - May 6, 2021
Dries Van Noten:
451 N La Cienega Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

While quarantining with his family in Duluth, Minnesota, Misha Kahn attended a watermelon party hosted by his neighbors. “In my scatterbrained, depressed stupor of a year, this watermelon party suggested purpose,” he says. “It gave a bunch of random people, grouped together by proximity, an antidote to isolation. In a way, that’s what I’m always striving for in my work: an irreverent, all-ages serving of mystery with a big spoonful of why.” 

You’ll get that and then some with Kahn’s latest solo show, which forges a domestic setting that features outlandish table lamps in auto-painted resin and ceramic to VR-created Claymation furniture. He also lent his boundless imagination to a limited-edition printed silk bomber jacket and t-shirt designed by Van Noten. “In my practice, I’m constantly throwing around new materials and processes, forever looking for a binding force, something to explain the why of it all to the outside world,” he continues. “And maybe it’s simpler than I thought. Maybe it’s just a watermelon party two Tuesdays from now.”

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