Kevin B. Chen
Krishna Khalsa
Biotrophic Growth, 2007
Wood, nails

Many of the pieces in this exhibition invite a moment of reflection to take a deeper look at the actual materials. Krishna Khalsa’s meticulously crafted wall and ceiling installations are made out of precisely cut pieces of 2 by 4 planks of wood predominant in the construction of the interior framing of homes. She leaves the commercial markings in plain sight - the manufacturer's stamp, the barcode price tag. Whether single story ranch, multi-story condominium, or oblong Victorian, these pieces of wood ultimately shape the individual character of each home. Rather than remaining hidden behind layers of sheetrock and paint, Khalsa takes the same construction grade wood and flips the equation of interior and exterior. She takes the latent quality of planks of wood and dreams of what could exist if they exuded from the walls and ceiling.

Don't Try This at Home

September 17 - October 13, 2007
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Photo credit: Scott Chernis
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