March 15 - April 27, 2018
Kyla Kegler, a current MFA student at the University at Buffalo presents, part one of her thesis exhibition, Chroma (color) Soma (body), a series of paintings that explores the sensual organization of color and form. Kyla Kegler is a painter and performance artist whose work probes the phenomenon of haptic sensation through visual, audio, text, and performative experiences. Her research critically navigates the paradox of the mindfulness industry, to which she contributes as both an artist and as a practitioner. In all of her work, she facilitates dwelling in sensation as a radical act of resisting apathy.
Born in Buffalo, NY in 1985, she began her BFA in 2004 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on full scholarship, and completed it at The Art Academy of Weissensee in Berlin Germany in 2010. In 2005 she apprenticed at the Bread and Puppet farm, which heavily influenced the medium and principle of her early work. Kegler lived in Berlin between 2009-2016, where she founded Zuhause Theater in 2010, an experimental cabaret theater club. She received her MA in performance and choreography at the Art University of Berlin in 2015, during which the focus of her work shifted from papier mache masks to what she named the ‘Virtual Mask’, investigating social media and selfies as the contemporary peoples’ mask. Currently Kyla Kegler is completing her MFA in visual art on full fellowship at the University at Buffalo, and is expected to graduate this spring.