Candy Kuehn creates wearable art, costumes, wall pieces, and sculptures in numerous media. She makes art pieces that are functional, reversible and have multiple uses that sometimes change with the passage of time. Many works live as well on the wall as they do on the body, on the ceiling, on the floor and on the stage. As a painter her medium ranges from cloth to ceramic glazes. Her work features whatever makes a person or piece of art beautiful and moving. Her work has appeared at the Textile Center of Minnesota’s Art-in-motion shows, the St. Paul American Craft Council Fair and the Minnesota Craft Council Fair Market Place at the State Fair grounds. She has also created costumes for the dance theater company Ballet of the Dolls productions of “The Red Shoes,” “Enchanted Night,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Nutcracker (not so” Suite,” and “Cinderella”). Candy was artist-in-residence in the Textile Center Dye Lab for 2007-2009 school years. Her digital photo drawings and portraits have been exhibited in several shows, Southeast Minneapolis Public Library had three shows and fabric installation in children’s area over the last six years, the Fine Art Show at the Minnesota State Fair for three years, and for WARM at several venues. She received honorable mention at the WARM 40th anniversary show. She created digital illustrations for large scale projections and costumes for the Interference Arts production "It is She Who I See”, and “Elijah”. Candy's "Human and Earth History" panels were selected to be part of the City of Hopkins' Art Street public art program, was seen on the outside wall of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and won Children’s Choice Award. Candy created costumes and large digital projection images for ‘Conviviere” and ‘The Palabras Project’ for Zorongo Flamenco, and costumes about Picasso’s earliest paintings, a Zorongo commission in New York City. The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, commissioned an electrical box cover, for ‘Fresh Boxes’ which can be seen in Dinkytown, Minneapolis Minnesota. Her digital works have shown in The Hudson Hospital Rehab Wing and Westfield Hospital in Wisconsin and a show in Owatonna Hospitals, in Minnesota, Spring 2017. In 2016, Flow Arts Gallery, curated her work into several group shows, and her digital work was also chosen for “The Paranormal Show” at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Anoka, Minnesota and “National Parks; Personal Perspectives”, at The Phipps Center for the Art , Hudson, Wisconsin.
I am a hyper inventive geek, exploring and abusing artistic mediums, with the deepest knowledge in fibers, dyes, and iPhone apps. I fuse color and texture into meaning. I rambunctiously play with imagery and motion using anything I can find. I use fiber content with its drape; dyes and paints with their specific colors; and apps in the iPhone for their meaning. I am curious and cross-sensed. I see music’s patterns and shapes; I touch between spaces and time; I smell emotion. Order is a glommed ball where I need story, or tree roots unraveling it. Only then can I see its pattern and motion. I can show what it is I see, hear and sense with fiber content’s motion, using color, and with the phone’s photo apps. I want everybody to smell what I see, and taste what I know. Physics, now, has the words and theories that I’ve sensed my entire life – multi-layered universes, dark matter, and gravitational waves that traverse as branches and leaves or as neurons in the brain. These concepts, and their shapes can translate what I see into a working reality. My favorite art works are the cave paintings, shaman works, and over 6000 years old pieces in China, Old Europe, Africa, the Americas. Chagall is my favorite painter. Erte, Zandra Rhodes, Issey Miyake and Alexander McQueen are my wearable artists influences. I feel my work is closer to Outsider Art in its unspoken spiritual content, in contrast to our culture’s values that are destructive to nature. Nature is cooperative in the “circle of life”. Death and growth are a whole, a flow, a movement in balance. Grace and Beauty can be chosen at each breath. I want my work be the healing beauty, a natural force that audiences participate in.
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