I haven’t intentionally shied away from going to Photo Galleries - I have just been selfish. I am a mixed media abstract artist - so I have been going to modern art galleries that show mixed media, typically abstract art. You can read about the last tour of openings here.
When we got a message from our SF artsy friends Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth that their friend Mona Kuhn would be showing Kahmann Gallery, Husband Dave and I decided to do the meet and greet. Since Mona takes pictures we would be going to my first photo gallery in Amsterdam. Here’s the gallery that night:
The paring of Kuhn’s work with Carla van de Puttelaar seemed quite fitting. Both are into “the Nude” - but their captured bodies seemed to communicate in two completely different ways, much like their physical bodies - Mona, forever tall and Carla, smaller and voluptous. The work combined to make a lovely concert of flesh, with Kuhn’s work humming with the wholeness of nature and Carla’s dancing into specific aspects the bloom and the erotic. If I wanted to go out on a date with their work, Mona’s would start the evening softly, whispering and creating a sense of home, while Carla’s might end the evening in a way that, once typed, would turn this post into soft porn.
Here’s some shots with comments below the piece:
I really felt that these two pieces from Kuhn should be a diptych - it’s hard to imagine the nude without the natural beauty around it.
I dare say this was Kuhn’s signature piece of the show. The fact that she spends time getting to know her models is evident. There’s something private in this look. It’s not just a photo, it’s a capture of some beautiful state of being.
Puttelaar’s work, sensual and alluring, suggestive.
It was very hard to capture Puttelaar’s work behind the glass frames, but you can make out in the image above, her specific pairing of the bloom of a flower with her model. I really appreciated her NOT using a fresh gorgeous flower, but instead, capturing the flower at the end of its bloom. You see the textures dynamically change and reveal so much more beauty in the transition to compost.
The best part about the evening is that I have forgoten how great photographers are to hang out with. I had more conversations with total strangers with their big ol’ cameras than I have in a long time. But equipment aside, people were absolutely accessible. Both Paul and Yvonne from Kahmann were absolutely chatty and very helpful in digesting the work. And meeting Mona was so charming and funny that we didn’t leave without inviting her to stay with us next time she was in town, which we don’t do often. And her work - the casual beauty, the connection of the looks she captures is proof that she herself is approachable and engenders the comfort that I wish we all could have in our natural states.
I highly recommend seeing this work on a date night - start here with the one you’d like to woo and end up at Proeverij 274 for an amazing meal… in fact, Husband Dave, I think we need to schedule this in ASAP. xo.