Christopher Kahler: Anatomica
Chris Kahler's paintings and drawings explore the hidden and often fantastic interior terrain of the human body. In paintings created over the past several years, Kahler examines the form and function of the body as well as its vulnerability to invasive science. Corporeal shape and color derived from both cadavers and living bodies provide the inspiration for these vivid abstractions. Animated by sinewy brushwork and membranes of drifting pigment, these remarkable paintings take on a life of their own while prompting us to reconsider our visceral and metaphysical being.
Also on display in "Anatomica" is a series of new charcoal drawings based on Andreas Vesalius's pioneering anatomical studies. The artist has produced this work especially for the exhibition, inspired by a rare compilation of the Renaissance anatomist's "Tabulae anatomicae" which will be on view during during the run of the show.
Chris Kahler has exhibited nationally and was recently included in exhibitions at Rockford Art Museum, The Block Museum at Northwestern University and Tarbell Art Center at Eastern Illinois University. His work will can also be seen in the exhibition "Inspired in Illinois" at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria opening April 6. Mr. Kahler is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Eastern Illinois University. "Anatomica" is the Illinois artist's first solo exhibition in Chicago.