Boston

Tobi Kahn

Andrea Marquit Fine Arts

Comprised of 16 small paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, Tobi Kahn’s recent show “Dreamscapes” explored the interdependence of memories and dreams. Kahn’s thickly painted, biomorphic abstractions were the most dramatic of the works shown here. Based on images of natural phenomena—either aerial views of the land and sea or microscopic cell formations—Kahn’s contemplative paintings are at once sensuous and spiritual, reminiscent of the work of Arthur Dove, William Baziotes, and Clyfford Still. As is reflected in his titles, Kahn is profoundly interested in spirituality and meditation—“Ullyh,” “Bodda,” and “Rinthar,” for example, are personal mantras. No matter how ephemeral the titles or imagery, however, the surfaces of Kahn’s painted and sculpted objects are thoroughly particular in their references. Abstract landscapes are memories of real places—the Lakes region of Canada, upstate

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