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Visitors applaud ‘The Chair’ — one-person exhibit at SHY RABBIT

Visitors continue to applaud “The Chair,” on display at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts through Sunday, Sept. 18.

This ground breaking one-person exhibit features 25 new paintings and drawings by Pagosa Springs artist Karl Isberg.

“The Chair” involves images that are, on an unexamined level, to one extent or another, of re-presented human figures, united thematically via the device of the chair that is common to all of them.

The other aspects of the project that link the works are technical: the paintings present images via untextured surfaces, with those images located in a shallow, if not flat picture plane.

Isberg has worked in series for 40 years, and finds it to be the most comfortable and productive way to conceive of paintings.

Each series begins with a concept — an idea, which, as a type, then gives birth to a variety of tokens (the paintings and drawings).

“Each work is informed by the germinal, typical concept and dictates, in part, its own genesis within the boundaries established by the type,” states Isberg.

“Each work then serves to inform the next.”

Isberg generally works on four or five pieces at one time, believing that, “the group of tokens add to the generative process as elements in a single work have an effect on its companions.”

“The Chair” is not a mimetic exercise; the paintings are first and foremost about paint, before they are intended to re-present recognizable visual elements.

The Chair is a game.

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

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.

SHY RABBIT is currently 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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