Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition, “Recent Paintings,” by Chris Kahler. Carmine Iannaccone writes of Kahler’s work that “it unhinges the function of representation, loosens the joints of correspondence, makes the presumed determinacy of representation indeterminate.” Kahler’s paintings are this but they are simultaneously that. Iannaccone goes on to note: “Kahler’s style of abstraction loosens the laws that govern representation, it puts another question into play: what kind of meaning does this species of vision produce?” The meaning, like the work itself, is multi-layered, and invites viewers to connect their own histories with the experience of looking. A fully illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Carmine Iannaccone, accompanies the exhibit.
"Kahler's paintings are very much about physical process, but they are also about the processes by which images come into being. They activate the mental mechanisms that search for analogies between what we're looking at and what we've seen elsewhere, between what we're seeing on the canvas, and what we know about the world. To look at one of these paintings is to engage in just such a searching, a feeling around for meaning, as though the painting were a transparent screen which we hold up to the things around us and look for matches, places where the image lines up with reality or with multiple realities." Kahler asks us construct meaning out of what we already know in conjunction with the work that is in front of us. In our search for meaning, Kahler pulls us further into his work, immersing us completely in the abstract environment he has created. These abstract environments become representational of a world—our world—and it is this play between abstract and representation that makes Kahler’s work so successful. Chris Kahler is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Eastern Illinois University. He received his B.F.A. at Ohio Wesleyan University and M.F.A. from Northwestern University.