In this exhibit Illinois-based artist Chris Kahler pushes his signature irradiated palette to new levels of saturation, creating dense abstractions that exploit the optical tensions of flatness and depth, translucence and opacity, intimations of order and unhinged expressionism. Grids undergird most of the works, drawn in pencil or plotted out by taped-off strips; their angles bend and warp to suggest infinite cyberspace or that workhorse of urban planning, the street grid. Washes of color build the painterly surface, revealing crosshatched inner strata or networks of dots and lines that look like atoms blown to smithereens. At Bruno David Gallery (3721 Washington Boulevard; 314-531-3030 or www.brunodavidgallery.com). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment until May 5..
April 21-May 5, 2012

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