Linda Warren Projects is pleased to present our summer solo exhibitions: Joseph Noderer’s “Horse Hill Waugh and Other Views” and William Eckhardt Kohler’s “Alchemy + Elements”. Both of these gallery artists reveal the source of their intuitive practice through amalgams of landscape and figure, rendered in an expressive and gestural hand. While Noderer looks to his immediate surroundings – which now happens to be his hometown – as means of self-exploration, Kohler refers to alchemical structures to examine intimate and universal cultural systems.
Gallery X - William Eckhardt Kohler, "Alchemy + Elements"
In “Alchemy + Elements,” William Eckhardt Kohler continues his preoccupation with passage and transformation and with the peaks and vales of emotional and spiritual experience. Relying on a small range of motifs (doors, windows, vessels, arcs, and rays) allows Kohler to improvise and create variations within his paintings. Even when abstract, the paintings have the ability to transform into landscapes, objects, and figurative narratives. However, there is more to this simple template of forms. The ambiguity and mystery of these structures allow for multiple interpretations – a door in the ground becomes a burial space or place of transformation; a dome becomes a sweatlodge, a place where spiritual work or cleansing takes place. Kohler views these paintings as meditations on life. An archetypal journey, the cycle of destruction and regeneration. The paintings are purposefully left open, allowing viewers to construct their own story and meaning from his cache of forms and images. While the taped-off lines, geometric forms, and complex layered imagery that characterize many of Kohler’s highly chroma landscapes are present in some of the paintings, others vibrate with loose painterly gestures. The artist moves organically through the work, allowing forms to converge into holistic compositions. Utilizing tonal and color shifts, each piece demonstrates Kohler’s commitment to both form and narrative and grants him the flexibility to glide between abstraction and the figure.
William Eckhardt Kohler is a Chicago and New York-based painter whose work has been exhibited in such venues as Brian Morris Gallery and White Box Gallery in New York, Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London, Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, the Beverly Arts Center, the University Club, and Aron Packer Gallery in Chicago, amongst many others. Kohler received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This is Kohler’s fourth solo exhibition with Linda Warren Projects.