June 25 - August 6, 2011
Opening Night Reception
Saturday, June 25, 2011
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
(Your $10 donation benefits Tom of Finland Foundation)
Intensely personal. Hauntingly beautiful. Dark and confrontational. Aunia Kahn doesn't pull her punches. Creating exquisitely rendered self-portraits that look like movie stills, Kahn combines photography, painting, collage, and digital magic to create arresting images which depict hardship, triumph, and the power of the human spirit. Opening June 25th and continuing through August 6th, PHD Gallery will showcase more than a dozen of Aunia Kahn's images. The opening reception is Saturday, June 25, 7-10PM. Donations of $10 at the door will benefit The Tom of Finland Foundation.
Kahn, a Michigan native, is a self-taught figurative artist who was raised in an explosive and unpredictable home environment and sought refuge through creativity and the arts. Her work combines many disciplines, including photography, painting and collage. She designs, builds, and executes characters, non-existent places, dreams, illusions, and fears into creation. Each work makes use of her own likeness in movie-like stills, and explores varied taboo and often controversial subjects; challenging viewers to reevaluate their preconceived notions. Yet she connects with her audience through honest feeling and emotions.
"As the central persona in every work, there is a unparalleled bond between the creator and the work on view."
~ Aunia Kahn
The artist is the creator of the Silver Era Tarot deck and the Lowbrow Tarot Project, is the author of Obvious Remote Chaos, and the forthcoming Survival Deck and owner of Aunia Kahn Designs, a graphic/web design company. She currently resides in Illinois with her four German Shepherds and two black cats in her secret closet.