A solo exhibit by Meryl Pataky
Opening Reception | October 14th, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition Dates | October 14th - November 5th, 2016
Stephanie Chefas Projects
305 SE 3rd
Portland, OR 97214
Gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 1 - 6pm & by appointment
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 503.719.694
Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to present COLORWAYS, a stunning solo exhibition featuring new neon work from Oakland based artist Meryl Pataky. With previous exhibits, Pataky frequently employed text and organic elements to explore the cosmos and our place in it. COLORWAYS sees Pataky veering away from strict figurative language and delving into the realm of abstract. Drawing upon her desire to break new ground as
Taking the scientific feel of the show even further, Pataky rejects the idea of hiding wires and power sources. Instead she chooses to exaggerate it in certain works and arrangements to demonstrate the entirety of the elements involved - similar to a painter showcasing a raw stretched canvas and its imperfect sides without a frame or a welder keeping raw welds instead of finishing them smooth.
The opening reception for COLORWAYS will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, October 14th from 6 - 9pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through November 5th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.
Originally from South Florida, Meryl Pataky moved to San Francisco in 2002 to attend the Academy of Art University. She fell in love with the tactile nature of sculpture and pursued a BFA in the major. Meryl’s work consistently revolves around
elements found on the periodic table. From silver and copper to neon, iron and carbon, Meryl creates a variety of abstract works that relate to her concept of universal connectedness. In doing so, Meryl combines technical expertise – from welding to glasswork to papermaking – with her own personal narrative, building complex pieces that invite the viewer to guess at what thoughts and experiences influenced her process.
Stephanie Chefas Projects is the labor of love from its owner, Stephanie Chefas, who has been independently curating art exhibits for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others. Now calling Portland home, Chefas retains an eye for cutting - edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries. With endeavors like HEATWAVE and SELFIE, Chefas also maintains her unique ability to coordinate group shows with distinct concepts that allow artists plenty of breathing room to interpret and explore. Stephanie Chefas Projects is the result of both pass ion and dedication as well as commitment toward sharing the best in contemporary art with enthusiasts and collectors alike.