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Mohamad Kanaan, Beirut, 1989

In Kanaan’s practice, art is an extension of architecture. Architects insert series of objects into a certain context to which they adapt as they alter its composition. There is give and take. Concerns surrounding scale, anatomy, identity, anxiety, and loss traverse his work. Through text and functional sculpture in particular, he plays with these themes in an autobiographical frame.

Kanaan’s work consists of little feelings, compartmentalized affects, and repressed emotions. Poetics guide his approach to furniture and architectural forms; maintaining a romantic and tragic anticipation of the bodies that will interact with the work. There is always translation, expression, implication, or repression. His text work and poetry address syntax and love, exploring how spatial relationships affect them. Beech

Education:

MFA, School of Art Institute of Chicago, 2014-2016

B.A of Architecture, American University of Beirut, 2007-2012

Group Shows:

2017 Noche de Cortos, Nixon Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2017 A sudden and peculiar pleasure, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, USA

2017 A feeling of protection, Lovey Town, Madison, USA

2016 MFA Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, USA

2016 We Died and Here We Are, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon

2016 Snow Show, Rzeplinski, Brooklyn, USA

2015 Not at the Beach, Greenpoint Galleries, New York, USA

2015 Sound and Fury, Chandler Gallery, Vermont, USA

2015 Swinging Minds, Unfolded Senses, LeRoy Neiman Center, Chicago, USA

2015 Interwoven Show, Chicago, USA

2015 Soft People, BWAS, New York, USA

Grants/Residencies/Work:

Casa Wabi Residency, Oaxaca, Mexico, October 2017-December 2017

Mansion_Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, March-July 2017

Video Works_Ashkal Alwan, 2016

Sebastian Errazuriz Studio, Studio Assistant, Brooklyn, NY, August 2015-April 2016

Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Curatorial Assistant, Venice, Italy, April-May 2015