Chris Kahler
August 31 - October 9, 2010
Monday - Saturday or by appointment 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Opening reception with artist Friday, September 3, 2010 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Chris Kahler

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Bio-Dynamic, a solo exhibition of paintings by Chris Kahler. Bio-Dynamic is potent and colorful; more cellular and molecular than astral. However, Kahler blurs the boundaries and moves between micro and macro, leaving the viewer wondering if this work is portraying the beginning or end with the themes of transformation, mutation and system conflict.

The paintings are constructed of many layers: thick, gestural and three dimensional in some areas and translucent in others. Kahler carefully excavates the multi-layered surfaces to reveal colors, biomorphic forms and hints of architecture, but provides no definitive images or intact structures. Collectively, a narrative emerges from this work that is reminiscent of a journey, evoking both topographical and deep space imagery within the same painting. Clearly influenced by high-tech and the digital age, Kahler uniquely blends elements of abstract expressionism, color field, psychedelia, op and pop art to create provocative canvases that generate intrigue and an array of interpretations.

Kahler received his BFA at Ohio Wesleyan University, an MA at Eastern Illinois University and MFA from Northwestern University in 1995 where he studied with Ed Paschke, James Valerio and William Conger. He has been teaching at Eastern Illinois University since 1999, where he is a full Professor, Graduate Coordinator and head of the Painting area.

Since 2002, Kahler has had six solo exhibitions in Chicago and St Louis and numerous thematic exhibitions throughout the country. Recent catalogue essays include: James Yood for Hybrid Dynamic and Joe Houston for Viral. He has been awarded numerous honors including residencies at Painting’s Edge Residency in Idyllwild, CA and two Artist Grants for the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been reviewed and profiled in various art magazines and newspapers, the most recent in Art in America (Feb 2010). Kahler’s work can be found in various public and private collections including, the Daum Museum, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Bradley University and numerous private collections.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by David Pagel.
 

 

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Exhibited Work

Biotectonica Chris Kahler
Biotectonica
Acrylic and oils on canvas
2010
36 x 60 inches
 
Rhomb C-9 Chris Kahler
Rhomb C-9
Acrylic on panel
2010
30 x 30 inches
 
Rhomb C-8 Chris Kahler
Rhomb C-8
Acrylic on panel
2010
30 x 30 inches
 
Rhomb C-6 Chris Kahler
Rhomb C-6
Acrylic on panel
2010
30 x 30 inches
 
Rhomb C-3 Chris Kahler
Rhomb C-3
Acrylic on panel
2010
30 x 30 inches
 
Rhomb B-2 Chris Kahler
Rhomb B-2
Acrylic on canvas
2010
24 x 24 inches
 
Rhomb B-1 Chris Kahler
Rhomb B-1
Acrylic and oils on canvas
2010
24 x 24 inches
 
Hybrid A-1 Chris Kahler
Hybrid A-1
Acrylic on canvas
2010
60 x 60 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid C-13 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid C-13
Acrylic on panel
2010
24 x 36 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid C-8 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid C-8
Acrylic on panel
2010
24 x 30 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid C-6 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid C-6
Acrylic on panel
2010
24 x 30 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid C-5 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid C-5
Acrylic on canvas
2010
24 x 36 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid C-4 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid C-4
Acrylic on panel
2010
36 x 48 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid C-3 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid C-3
Acrylic on canvas
2010
36 x 72 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid C-2 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid C-2
Acrylic on canvas
2010
36 x 72 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid C-1 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid C-1
Acrylic on canvas
2010
36 x 72 inches
 
Duality A-1 Chris Kahler
Duality A-1
Acrylic and oils on canvas
2010
72 x 96 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid A-1 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid A-1
Acrylic and oils on canvas
2009
72 x 96 inches
 
Dynamic Hybrid A-3 Chris Kahler
Dynamic Hybrid A-3
Acrylic on canvas
2009
48 x 60 inches
 
Viral C-3 Chris Kahler
Viral C-3
Acrylic and gel mediums on panel
2008
36 x 48 inches
 
Viral C-4 Chris Kahler
Viral C-4
Acrylic and gel mediums on panel
2008
36 x 48 inches
 
Hybrid Dynamics A-6 Chris Kahler
Hybrid Dynamics A-6
Acrylic and gel mediums on panel
2009
46 x 60 inches
 
Hybrid Dynamics A-3 Chris Kahler
Hybrid Dynamics A-3
Acrylic on panel
2009
48 x 60 inches
 
Viral A-5 Chris Kahler
Viral A-5
Acrylic and gel mediums on panel
2007
18 x 24 inches
 
Viral C-6 Chris Kahler
Viral C-6
Acrylic and gel mediums on panel
2008
20 x 16 inches
 
Hybrid Dynamics A-4 Chris Kahler
Hybrid Dynamics A-4
Acrylic and gel mediums on board
2009
18 x 24 inches
 
Hybrid Suspension Chris Kahler
Hybrid Suspension
Acrylic and gel mediums on panel
2009
36 x 48 inches
 

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