"Curiouser and Curiouser: A Dream Within a Dream" A temporary installation by Hunt Slonem
Curiouser and Curiouser: A Dream Within a Dream
A temporary installation by Hunt Slonem
K Contemporary, Owners Annex Space, Jan 22 - Feb 5, 2023
K Contemporary welcomes in 2023 and the Year of the Rabbit with abundance. To do so, we turn to the work of New York-based, Neo-Expressionist Hunt Slonem and his installation Curiouser and Curiouser: A Dream Within a Dream.
Slonem is widely known for his depictions of delightfully furry and floppy-eared creatures as well as birds, butterflies, and flora and fauna. The 2023 Lunar New Year gives us occasion to return to Hunt’s work with fresh eyes and evoke luck, love, and longevity. Slonem’s creatures are far more than mere likenesses, transcending the realm of portraiture as he embeds his work with his own spiritual practice. The artist often chants private mantras as he renders his works in silhouette with thick oil paint. He often names the creatures in his works -- a sort of baptism that imparts a spark of personality to his animal subjects.
“Curiouser and Curiouser: A Dream Within a Dream is an immersive, decadent spectacle of an installation, contextualizing Slonem’s artistic practice,” said Doug Kacena, owner of K Contemporary. The temporary installation in the owners’ private annex space plunges viewers into Slonem’s world of abundance using paint, glass, vintage furniture, and suspended objects.
Whether it reminds us of a particular experience, challenges our viewpoints, or simply makes us pause to reflect amid a busy day, Hunt’s artwork is a bit of everyday magic. While viewing the curated selection of Hunt’s work in this installation, we invite you to consider what the Year of the Rabbit has in store for you.