“Girls and Skulls” brought together two of Brad Kahlhamer’s favorite themes: sex and death. The artist is particularly interested in the space between them, which he sees as spirituality.
The exhibition featured three bodies of work that Kahlhamer had been pursuing for the previous five years: portraits of “urban prairie girls,” "Skull Project," and large detailed drawings of his “third space,” his personal landscape. The exhibition also included the artist’s Community Board, a large bulletin-board drawing installation, including his snapshots of models and landscapes along with handmade wallpaper made from the logo of one of his favorite stores, the Lakota Thrifty Mart.
Kahlhamer is known for his portraits of the strong, independent Native American girls he has met through the New York Native community. He is inspired by the way these Native girls continue to embody the spirit of their ancestors. Kahlhamer expanded the project to include girls who are not of Native ancestry but who also embody this tough spirit. These “urban prairie girls” are the types we might see behind a microphone onstage at a rock club, or perhaps behind the bar. They are representative of a type of rugged, charismatic, urban woman one only finds in New York.
"Skull Project" is a wall installation of two hundred skull drawings. The installation is reminiscent of catacombs and is partly inspired by a stack of skulls that the artist found in a church in Milan. His portrayal of death is more of a celebration than a descent into gloom and depression.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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