After Gravity (2019)

Kyla Kegler - After Gravity - 2019 - Big Orbit - CEPA Gallery - Buffalo NY

Kyla Kegler (b. 1985) is an artist and teacher. She paints and sews, makes videos, audio guides, performances, manuals, therapeutic furniture, and environments that invite playful participation.

Kegler has exhibited and performed extensively in Berlin, Buffalo, and NYC. She received her MFA in visual art on full fellowship at the University at Buffalo in 2018. She received her MA in Solo / Dance / Authorship at the Art University of Berlin in 2015. In 2004 she began her BFA 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 2006 she Apprenticed at the Bread and Puppet farm, which influenced the medium and principle of her early work. Kegler lived in Berlin between 2009-2016, and there co-founded an experimental theater club, Zuhause, in 2010. In 2013, she received two NYSCA grants for community puppet theater on the West Side of Buffalo, NY.

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Exhibit Location

Big Orbit Project Space
30 Essex Street
Buffalo, NY 14213

Exhibit Dates

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Free to the public

Exhibit Times

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Events

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 29, 2019
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Free to the public

Artist’s Statement for After Gravity

After Gravity

By Kyla Kegler

After Gravity explores my memories of searching for the coziness of small spaces, the impression of standing next to gigantic objects, and the sense of being grounded by physical mass. I think of these spaces and sensations as portals into my body.

The exhibition consists of abstract paintings of gravity, a weather balloon —8′ in diameter, and “Compression Therapy and Elevation Therapy”—an installation of sandbags and suspended slings that guests can use to feel weightedness and weightlessness. I center my work around the exploration of feeling, in opposition to the seductive inertia of not feeling. I define feeling in this work as a vigilant mode of perception that accounts for the spectrum of subtle sensations present in any given moment. In this definition of feeling I contrast it with states such as ennui, autopilot, and hyper-cognitive modes of perception that rely so heavily on the intellect that sensation and emotion get ignored. I see feeling as a radical act of resisting apathy and finding satisfaction.

I’m inspired by feelings I enjoyed as a child in moments like: playing “orphans lost in the woods” with my sisters in the dug-out snow igloo in the backyard; curling up in the blanket-fort under the dining room table; feeling the compression and weight of a medical device taking my blood-pressure; the weight of the lead x-ray vest; asking my parents to sit on my lap; good hugs. I’m attracted to these feelings that bring me in close proximity to physical and emotional edges; that humble and comfort me through relationship to and awareness of my greater surroundings.

After Gravity works with scale and gravity.

  • Scale: when I am in a small space or next to a large object, I become aware of my mass in proximity to the architecture around me.
  • Gravity: the paradox that by adding physical weight to my body in the form of compression therapy I actually relieve emotional weight; that experiencing the physical effects of gravity (weight on my body makes me aware that I have mass, dimensions and limits to my physical form) relates to a conceptual notion of gravity (I have impact; significance; consequence; implication…)

In other words, exploring the ways in which we are simply bodies—with mass and volume and thus experiencing the pull of other bodies such as the earth and thus gravity—is, surprisingly, also a way to trigger an awareness of the ways in which we transcend our bodily form.