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‘The Chair’ exhibit opens Aug. 13 at SHY RABBIT

SHY RABBIT is pleased to announce the opening of its first solo show, “The Chair,” featuring new paintings and drawings by Pagosa Springs artist Karl Isberg.

This long-awaited one-person exhibit launches on Saturday, Aug. 13, with an Open House/Artists’ Reception from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continues through Sunday, Sept. 18.

The public is welcome at no charge. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Isberg will be in attendance to answer any questions that visitors may have about this unique series of paintings and drawings, and to explain his thought and working processes.

Please stop by to meet him and to learn more about his highly original work.

What is “The Chair?”

Here is what the artist had to say about the series of paintings and drawings.

“It’s a chair

It sits in my living room, next to a bank of windows.

It’s leather. Brown.

Inviting.

I sit in my chair nearly every day, sipping a drink, gazing out the windows, watching birds and the branches of trees as they are nudged by the wind.

I look at my chair nearly every day, admiring its bulk, the curve of its arms, its solidity.

It does very well what a chair is intended to do: it holds its sitters in luxurious embrace, enfolding them — a seat of comfort.

It is a practical object.

It is here as an object, yet it is more.

I did a series of paintings and drawings of my chair. And of the bodies that join its space.

How many ways could I look at this chair; how many ways could I re-create it? How could I reduce this chair to its essence, then transform that essence into images?

How can paint become chair become bodies become idea?

I found many ways to look at my chair, to re-present it and the bodies it carries, to bring what is unseen to sight.

Yet, when all is done, it’s a chair.

It sits in my living room, next to a bank of windows.

It’s leather.

Brown.

Inviting.”

Additional information about Isberg will appear in future PREVIEW articles.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard, west of the City Market complex.

SHY RABBIT houses a fine art gallery and working ceramic studio, two mixed-media workshops and rotating exhibition spaces.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.

SHY RABBIT is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge, and evenings by appointment. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766.

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