May 15th 2015

Dan Kestler: The Raft of the Medusa

@ Rational Park

2557 W. North Ave., Chicago IL 60647

Opening Friday, May 15th, from 7PM - 11PM

On view through Saturday, May 30th

Rational Park, in collaboration with Johalla Projects, is very excited to present The Raft of the Medusa, a new exhibition of works on panel and paper by the Detroit-based artist Dan Kestler. The exhibition will run from May 15 through May 30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 15th from 7pm to 11pm.

Dan Kestler’s works are the result of looking. A steadfast student of classical painting, Kestler’s main subject here depicts – in varying stages of recognition – the figure. In The Raft of the Medusa (named for the seminal Romantic-period work by Géricault), he considers the form with a raw, monochromatic take, and primarily relays his subjects’ movement (or lack thereof) via gesture and texture.

For the exhibition, Kestler presents multiple bodies of recent paintings and drawings – many of which purposefully allude to ancient statuary or European old master works. These references, combined with Kestler’s moody process of mark-making and construction, leads to a result that hovers between figurative and abstract, and further forces the viewer to interpret the works’ compositions much in the same way that Kestler experienced and rendered them.

Dan Kestler (b. 1970) is an artist and manager in the distribution industry who lives and works in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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