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Studio Sunday: Idris Kahn

A photo of Idris Kahn working in his studio in 2017


Today’ studio feature is London-based artist Idris Kahn. Kahn is known for abstracted artworks that exist between media, blending techniques of photography, sculpture, and painting to form art objects that are both technical fascinating and emotionally captivating.


The artist often works with elements of found imagery and text, scanning, photographing, and otherwise manipulating well-known paintings, sheet music, and texts and using the resultant materials to produce sculptural artworks.


I find the overall aesthetic of Kahn’s studio, pictured above, rather interesting. The artist’s space looks quite big, but it’s divided throughout by the series of small sculptural blocks that the artist appears to be working on. I wonder if these blocks are components of a larger sculpture, or waiting to be arranged as an installation in their own right.


Along the walls I can see some of the works that the artist is perhaps best known for -- explosion-like forms made up of paper documents (writing, music, and other forms of language), sometimes encased in glass and layered to create an even more interesting effect. Kahn’s studio space looks quite large -- we can only see a corner of it in this photo, and even here it looks expansive. I wonder just how many of these sculptural bricks filled the space when this photo was taken.


Kahn completed his Master’s degree, with a Distinction in Research, at the Royal College of Art in London. He is based in East London along with his wife, the sculptor and artist Annie Morris.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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