Karen Schifano

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Artwork
"Early American", 2009, oil on canvas, 84 x 40 inches
"Crack", 2009, oil on canvas, 84 x 40 inches
"Gangplank", 2009, oil on canvas, 84 x 40 inches
"Hatch", 2009, oil on canvas, 84 x 40 inches
"My Old School", 2009, oil on canvas, 84 x 40 inches
Karen
Schifano
Artist's Statement

My recent paintings are abstract pictures of doors and hallways: portals and gateways that look out onto what is not yet known. They can be literally read as entryways into a dark room, with its shadows and perspective, and yet they also evoke an opening into infinity through a flat luminous plane. These thresholds to spaces of color and light, indeterminate spaces of breath and pause, invite feelings of liberation, perhaps emptiness, sometimes the ominous twinge of fear. They operate as metaphors for the transitional stages in a life, symbols pared down to their essentials and carried out in an unsentimental matter-of-fact style. I hope that through this tension between the metaphorical and the notational, an emotional response is triggered, opening the door to imaginative dreaming and reverie.

website: www.karenschifano.com

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EXHIBITIONS

2011 1st INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NON-OBJECTIVE ART, CURATED BY ROLAND OREPUK, PONT DE CLAIX,
GRENOBLE, FRANCE
2010 KAREN SCHIFANO/PAIGE WILLIAMS: THE SPACE BETWEEN, BLANK SPACE GALLERY, N.Y., NY
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, CURATED BY MATTHEW DELEGET, THE ENGINE ROOM, MASSEY U.,
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
TOUCH II, CURATED BY BRENT HALLARD, GALERIE PARISCONCRET, PARIS, FRANCE
2009 OPEN HOUSE FOR BUTTERFLIES, MINUS SPACE PROJECT SPACE, N.Y., NY
2008-9 MINUS SPACE, PS1 MOMA, L.I.C., NY
2008 KAREN SCHIFANO: OUT OF BOUNDS, TOBEY FINE ARTS, N.Y., NY
GEGENSTANDLOS, GESELLSCHAFT FUR KUNST UND GESTELTUNG, E.V., BONN, GERMANY
TOUCH, CURATED BY BRENT HALLARD, BUS-DORI PROJECT SPACE, TOKYO, JAPAN