What does it mean to live with art? I made a custom wallpaper for my exhibition OFF THE WALL that was at Jessica Hagen Gallery in September, 2019. I wanted to give you all a glimpse into what it is like to live with art, in this instance my art as wallpaper, and an incredible photograph by Massimo Vitali. The wallpaper was installed to compliment the existing architecture. It’s at the entryway, and is formal but also playful as we often park our shoes at the foot of the grasses. I’ll be exploring more interiors, as documenting these spaces may also inspire other collectors and those who are interested in my wallpaper! Please email me with any inquiries.
For a recent open call, I chose to submit an image from my flowers series, specifically of the lotus and its sister pond flowers, because they amplify visually the transitional period of the terrible pandemic from darkness into light. The theme was Awakening, and the beauty of these flowers also reflects the many silver linings, not obvious when submerged in darkness, but revealed as we emerge from our Covid Year. Many found a greater closeness with their loved ones, friends, and a new appreciation for touching and hugging. The slower pace gave us more time to think, to reflect, and to plan for the future, to better understand what really matters. From the sadness of loss of loved ones, of time and opportunities, came a richer appreciation of life itself. Taking time to smell the flowers has a whole new meaning.
I printed the images on canvas to give them a painterly quality. There is a certain Zen in the collective beauty of the pond flowers: nature’s own design, so magnificent in color and silky texture, further enhanced by its background of other materials: pottery, weathered shingles, the copper table, which creates a mystical feeling.
I'm excited to report that one of my I LOVE A PARADE! photographs was selected by Chris Boot of Aperture, to hang in a special public project of artist flags in Rockefeller Center. The photograph is from my Parade Series and this one in particular was exhibited in Historic Newport in an outdoor solo exhibition I organized Autumn 2020. I am delighted to see the work exist in another form and blowing in the New York City breeze. Thank you to my son for the wonderful photographs documenting the installation and Chris for the selection.
One of New York City’s oldest and greatest traditions, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade began over 300 years ago in 1762, 14 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There is a saying that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish. The truth of this adage is seen in this image of diverse, smiling, cheering, energetic New Yorkers in all their imaginative green attire. A forthcoming book, loosely titled “My New York” will showcase a series of New York centric photographs I’ve taken over the years.
The social impact of COVID-19 has altered the way we interact with one another. As a result, E.A. Kahane responded to this changed landscape with a deep dive into her archive of parade photographs from around the world: classic celebrations of community togetherness.
The artist's unique perspective, captured from her 3rd floor window for the past two decades, of the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, allow the viewer to embrace, relive and reconnect with the unbridled joy one of our most famous parades. From the marching bands to the colossal balloons, and magnificent floats, E.A. Kahane reminds us of happier times, through her colorful and emotionally vibrant work.
This fall, E.A. Kahane presented a public photography exhibition titled, "We Need A Parade!" at the Historic Newport, RI, Town Spring Park. The outdoor installation, also printed by the artist, showcased 120 large-scale images taken of the 60th Anniversary from Newport’s 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade. The installation, free to the public, presented an opportunity to enjoy the parade vicariously, safely, and outdoors in a park setting, bringing a broad smile to the community. For more information contact E.A. Kahane.