Eerie, yet colourful and mystical, Cul de Sac is a visual feast. Kahn has intelligently composed the work as if we, the viewer, were emerging from the shaded road into an overwhelmingly brightly lit cul-de-sac. Inspired by the road the artist lives on, the tangerine orange light emitted from the streetlamp takes over most of the canvas. Highlighting the feathery edges of the surrounding trees, the light itself seems somewhat heavenly. It welcomes the viewer out of the darkness into the light, out of danger into safety. However, in true Kahn form, we are met with confusion and dissatisfaction. We are faced with a void at the end of our journey.
The work no longer becomes focused around what the light illuminates, but rather what is concealed. The darkness is overpowering, and a fear of the unknown begins to creep in. However, Kahn perfectly juxtaposes this with the beautiful starlit sky that coats the top of the painting. Cul de Sac serves as a visual diary, a record of the artist’s own life, reporting on the places he has frequently visited, or in this case, lived. However, as with most of Kahn’s works, the depth, poetry and honestly showcased allows the viewer to be lost in his mysterious and vast scene, creating a meditative and extraordinary space.