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‘The Chair’ opens at SHY RABBIT

SHY RABBIT is pleased to open its first-ever solo show, “The Chair,” on Saturday, Aug. 13, with an open house/artist’s reception from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

This highly anticipated one-person exhibit continues through Sunday, Sept. 18, featuring 25 new paintings and drawings by Pagosa Springs’ artist Karl Isberg.

Isberg will be in attendance to answer any questions that visitors might 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.

As a young man, Isberg studied with the painter James F. Parker and with the sculptor Bob Mangold.

Through Parker, he was introduced to the two influences that would go on to dominate a more-than-40-year career: classical drawing techniques and the New York School of abstraction, of which Parker was an advocate.

Those influences have shown themselves in many ways over the years.

With the exhibit of the “Mescaline Monsters” at the Denver Art Museum in 1973, Isberg’s reputation as an abstract painter was born — a reputation that continued through the years with shows in Colorado, New Mexico and California, including the 2002 exhibit of the 60-plus piece series “The Hermetic Book” in Los Angeles, and the inclusion of paintings in many notable shows at SHY RABBIT in recent years.

All the while, however, Isberg has shown works that many would identify as “figurative” — including work in several All-Colorado shows, the 7-state Show at Denver’s DAS, and the acclaimed Mountain Time Zone Show in Denver.

His “Black Paintings” were part of one of SHY RABBIT’s most lauded exhibits: “Mind’s Materials” (a show that also featured the late Douglas Pederson and Kelsey Hauck).

“Many people claim to see a sharp division between the works of mine they label ‘abstract’ and the more recognizably figurative work,” states Isberg. “In reality, it is all figurative work.”

Isberg believes in the power of the figure, and that it is enhanced by “rarification, abstraction, and the re-presentation of the figure and its elements.

“That can occur in many forms but, at the core, it is all driven by a devotion to the fundamentally figurative image.”

This series of painting and drawings, “The Chair”, continues with that belief, with the attempt to dissemble and re-present the figure and select elements of visual experience in a variety of ways and, in the case of this series, with a sense of humor and with allusions to a number of favorite artists.

“Just who those artists are is the viewers’ task to determine”, Isberg concludes.

To read more about what the artist has to say about this unique series of paintings and drawings, please visit

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

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit 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.

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

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