The exhibition at the Jan Kath showroom featured a curated selection of Jan Kath carpets along with Gagnon's paper mache sculptures previously on display at Bergdorf Goodman and the New York Historical Society.
"After a long winter, our exhibit, Spring Awakening, featured organic and floral carpets from the Jan Kath collection mixed with selected pieces of the artist Mark Gagnon," explains Kyle Clarkson, partner in the New York showroom of Kyle & Kath.
A wool and silk Graffity rug from Jan Kath's Unknown Artists collection and Mark Gagnon's paper mache 19th Century Girl.
John Haas, curator of the exhibition and principal and founder of Haas Art Advisory was equally excited about the show. "The exhibit featured nine paper mache pieces from Mark Gagnon's museum exhibit at The New York Historical Society and three paintings from his studio archives. Mark's works speaks to these rugs as they are painstakingly and carefully handcrafted - handmade by artisans that have the same history and dedication to art and process."
Jan Kath's Tabriz Fashion Artwork 8 design rug from the Erased Heritage collection is paired with Mark Gagnon's Tiffany Dragonfly Lamp, crafted with paper mache, an electrical cord and a lightbulb.
"Art collectors are visual people but often overlook carpets and rugs as utilitarian," Clarkson noted. "Featuring carpet alongside fine art creates a different narrative for the viewer."
Said Gagnon, "This exhibit brings the two worlds together."
Jan Kath's Clouds 150 knot rug from the Heiter Bis Wolkig collection frames Mark Gagnon's paper mache Elizabeth.