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Current Exhibition

KAJAHL: Unearthed Entities
September 9th - October 28th
Opening Reception: October 21, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Artist Talk @ 4:00 p.m.
 Kajahl - Installation View, "Unearthed Entities"  Kajahl - Alchemist II, 2017  Kajahl - Terrestrial, 2017  Kajahl - Neo Magus, 2017
 Kajahl - Astronomer, 2017  Kajahl - Aquatic / Submerged VI, 2017  Kajahl - Baroque Classic III, 2017  Kajahl - Terrestrial, 2017
 Kajahl - Explorer Series II, 2016  Kajahl - Ethereal III, 2014  Kajahl - Baroque Classic II, 2017  Kajahl - Explorer 1,  2016
 Kajahl - Ethereal, 2014
To view more artwork from the exhibition, click on images.


Richard Heller Gallery is pleased to present, Unearthed Entities, a complex, multi-layered presentation of new and recent paintings by emerging New York-based artist KAJAHL. This is KAJAHL's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

Working in the traditional medium of oil on canvas, Unearthed Entities explores the history and taxonomy of portraiture. KAJAHL constructs humanoid figures that traverse different cultures and points in human history with elegance. Without a need for chronological consistency or narrative support, KAJAHL carefully pieces together hybrid entities that take on allusions to classical painting, but become disruptive through their divergent multi-faceted origins. Much like Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein, who gave life to a humanoid from non-living matter, KAJAHL seamlessly sews parts together from the fringe of art history into new transformative identities.

KAJAHL's process entails sifting through history, both amassing and archiving imagery ranging from ancient art, vintage ethnography, historical portraiture and landscape, to strange alternative histories, pseudoscience, and the absurd. In Unearthed Entities, KAJAHL depicts a range of figures such as an alchemist, astronomer, cryptid-like amphibian, high-ranking dignitaries, and a navigational explorer. In this sense, a playful dissonance is achieved in what we would normally presume to be a tradition that depicts heroic leaders from a bygone era.

KAJAHL received his BFA in painting from San Francisco State University in 2007. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Florence, Italy, in 2008, and received his MFA in painting from Hunter College in New York in 2012. He received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2013 and, in 2016, was a Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence in New Orleans. KAJAHL lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Richard Heller Gallery is pleased to take part in the Participating Gallery Program for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA in presenting KAJAHL: Unearthed Entities.

Richard Heller Gallery will be hosting an artist talk with KAJAHL on Saturday, October 21, at 4:00 p.m. Come meet KAJAHL and hear him talk about his exhibition, Unearthed Entities, currently on view at the gallery.

Jazz/Not-Jazz selections before and after the talk, between 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., provided by The Nonsemble.

Artist:  Kajahl, Title: The Shapes Are All Sad, 2014 - click for larger image
Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, Inc.  The Shapes Are All Sad, 2014 
18 x 14 Inches  , acrylic on panel 



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