Concerns surrounding scale, anatomy, identity, anxiety, and loss traverse Kanaan's works. 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.
Some exhibitions in which he has participated include: A sudden and peculiar pleasure at Mana Contemporary in Chicago (2017); MFA Show at the Art Institute of Chicago (2016); We Died and Here We Are at the Beirut Arts Center in Beirut (2016); Swinging Minds, Unfolded Senses, LeRoy Neiman Center, Chicago, USA (2015); Snow Show,Rzeplinski, Brooklyn, USA (2016); Not at the Beach at the Green point Gallery in New York (2015); Noche de Cortos,Nixon Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (2017). He has been invited to take part in the Casa Wabi residency program in Oaxaca, Mexico, Beirut Art Residency in Beirut and Palazzo Monti in Italy.
5) SECRETS OF RUSSIA at KIASMA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki) 2012.
A collaboration with traditional Russian manufacturers. In 2011 Aamu Song and Johan Olin set on a journey to explore Russian manufacturing secrets. The travels, which took us from Moscow to Urals, into Siberia and to the Caucasus, resulted in collaboration with more than ten of traditional manufacturers. The collection was first shown at KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland in 2012. All designs: COMPANY (Aamu Song & Johan Olin)