FROELICK GALLERY presents Portals and Puzzles, Kevin Kadar's tenth solo exhibition with us. One of our longest-standing artist relationships, we're pleased to host him again during our twentieth anniversary year.
The paintings in this exhibit are an amalgam of previous bodies of work which have shifted at times from the rigorously observational to the highly fantastic. Here, we are treated to the ranging of Kadar's mind, in which posed figures interact with volumetric, Gustonesque gobs of color; warm, hazy landscapes are overlaid with fine ghostly-white renderings of floating flowers and orbs; tiny humans and animals negotiate mountainous paths; towns burn; semiabstract forms and liquid drops hang in midair.
Kadar explains that while the portals of the show's title exist as compositional elements within these pieces, any painting can itself be a passageway in to the painter's realm or in to the viewer's own imagination. A painting can also be a puzzle in the literal sense of a series of brushstrokes which fit together as a single work. In presenting the viewer with solutions both challenging and poetic, he has achieved the self-appointed task of melding the dissimilar styles and imagery of his own psychic vistas with that of the concrete world; of his assured formal sensibility with intuitive exploration.