Profound Approach and Easy Outcome
Apr 9 2017
Feb 18 2018
Anna K.E’s Profound Approach and Easy Outcome will be the third iteration in a series of site-specific commissions by women artists on the Queens Museum’s Large Wall. Measuring 140 feet wide by 45 feet high, this architectural highlight forms a magnificent diagonal and is highly visible from outside in Flushing Meadows Corona Park through floor-to-ceiling windows, visually drawing park-goers inside and impacting their experience once they arrive. Taking maximum advantage of the spatial dynamics of this significant wall, Profound Approach and Easy Outcome performs a complex reflection on artistic production, feminism, power, and the role of institutions. Among five visual elements affixed to the Wall, billboard-size photographic works will depict the artist in action in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, posing as the depicted characters in renowned master portraits by Otto Dix and Balthus. K. E.’s work considers her own role in art history, fusing the question of male-dominated canons with her comically intuitive and gestural responses.
Anna K.E. (b. 1986, Tbilisi, Georgia) studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Selected solo exhibitions have been held at the following venues: Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv; Simone Subal Gallery, New York City; Barbara Thumm Gallery, Berlin; Mannheimer Kunstverein; Figge von Rosen Gallery, Cologne; Kunstverein Leverkusen; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn; and most recently Primary, Nottingham, and (with Florian Meisenberg) Signal, Brooklyn. She has participated in recent group shows at: Gagosian Gallery, Athens; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; The Kitchen, New York City; Moscow International Bienniale for Young Art; Württembergischer Kunstverein; and The High Line, New York City. K.E. currently lives and works in Queens, New York City.
Image: Anna K.E., Profound Approach and Easy Outcome, 2017 (detail). 140ft x 27 ft. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Hai Zhang