Greg Kessler – Feb 21-Mar21
Kessler says about his work: “I am fascinated by the vocabulary of paint—how it expresses tactility and materiality and how the canvas surface becomes a source of multiple meanings. During painting sessions, I often destroy a painting, to create new imagery from the residue of the painting’s history. The driving force behind my work is to create a contempoary personal mythology. Animal Hybrids, images from Western archetypes and urban characters collide in a loose narrative. The depictions of underworld deziens that I draw in deliberate, primitive style recall German Expressionists. The figures emerge out of this mythic landscape, overlapped and collaged to reflect and find meaning in the contemporary world.”
Greg Kessler graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in 1987 and an MFA in 1990. He has had solo shows in New York, Texas, Palm Beach Florida and Washington, D.C. and has participated in group shows at American University, Columbia University, and the Open Real Foundation in Austria. He most recently participated in an exhibition at the Inside Out Art Museum in Beijing, China. In 2009, Kessler curated a group show “Personal Mythology” at Gallery Korea in New York. He continues to curate shows including the recent exhibition titled “Urban Mythos” in New York.