The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present everlasting disorder, an exhibition of new paintings by the Danish artist Leif Kath. This will be the artist’s third one person exhibition with the gallery. The gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 6th floor, and is open Tuesday through Saturday 11–6. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, June 7, from 6-8 pm.
“The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard spoke of “concentration of presentiment”. Leif Kath is capable of such concentration of presentiment, which poses the challenge of continual exploration to bring the artist still closer to new insights. In Leif Kath’s case, creative intuition and receptivity are intimately bound up with an aesthetic subtlety that requires working minutely with fine detail and minimal displacements, all the while having an eye for the whole.
Talking to Leif Kath leaves no doubt that his work is driven by enthusiasm. He is fascinated as much by everyday objects, architecture, and outstanding and innovative art of the past as by the investigative, creative process itself, which includes analyzing the expressive potential of different media. In Leif Kath’s paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures, it is the dynamic interplay between silence, the indeterminate and the formed, between abstraction and representation, that brings the viewer the experience of being faced with new insight. The seemingly empty, monochrome areas in his paintings make up a field of possibilities. These central areas represent life – in a manner resembling the white, light-generating areas in Paul Cézanne’s watercolors. They create light, dynamism and a field of immateriality.
Leif Kath approaches these monochrome areas with humility. It feels as if he carefully guards this field of possibility, but at the same time is driven by curiosity to enter and explore it”.
Excerpt from essay by Eva Pohl, MA, PhD, which appears in a fully illustrated catalog that accompanies this exhibition.
For further information contact Miles Manning at 212 463-9666.