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SHY RABBIT closes ‘The Chair’ one-man exhibit on Sunday

This is your last chance to experience “The Chair” at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts before it closes after gallery hours on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The 4,000 square-foot art complex is open to the public daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at no charge, and evenings by appointment.

SHY RABBIT is located in uptown Pagosa Springs in a wooded commercial district, approximately 10 minutes west of the historic downtown.

For more information, visit www.shyrabbit.com or call 731-2766 for directions.

This highly-applauded, one-man exhibit features 25 new paintings and drawings by Pagosa Springs artist Karl Isberg.

Isberg studied with the painter James F. Parker and with the sculptor Robert Mangold.

It was through Parker that 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 featuring the late Douglas Pederson and Kelsey Hauck).

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

“I believe in the power of the figure, and I believe 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.

Whom those artists are is the viewers’ task to determine.

Isberg’s paintings and drawings are included in numerous private and corporate collections, including the Amoco Oil Co., the City and County of Denver, Logical Data Systems, Inc. and the American Red Cross.

To read more about “The Chair,” visit www.shyrabbit.com/Exhibits.html.

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.

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.

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