The Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea is currently featuring several new works by Brad Kahlhamer for a show titled A Fist Full of Feathers. For his debut exhibition at the gallery, Kahlhamer offers his latest, rather whimsical collection of paintings, sculptures, and a large-scale installation.
Kahlhamer began work on his installation Bowery Nation in 1985 and was finally completed last year. The inspiration for the piece came to the artist after viewing a collection of Hopi katsina dolls at the Herald Museum. These dolls represent mystical creatures whose purpose is to teach customs and values of the Hopi tribe. Bowery Nation is displayed on a wooden table with a white cloth with the title of the piece and an image of a skull wearing a feather hat painted on to it. A group of abstract looking creatures made from mixed material surround a ladder placed in the center of the table with tree branches holding even more of these creatures.
The paintings on display are quite cosmic and feature ghosts, skeletons, animals, and other unusual beings. Kahlhamer resides in New York City and his work has been featured in many museums across the country and around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum in New York City.
At the Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 W. 24th St., through Nov. 16. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.