Emerson Dorsch
cordially invites you to
the opening reception of

Karen Rifas

solo show PER FORMS

Friday, September 1, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Dance Performance at 7 pm

Emerson Dorsch
5900 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
emersondorsch.com

Karen Rifas, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on paper and 45 x 45 in.

Emerson Dorsch is delighted to announce Karen Rifas’ first show with the gallery, “PER FORMS,” opening Friday, September 1, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm. There will be a performance at 7 pm. Rifas will present a vinyl floor drawing in the midst of vivid new paintings on paper. From above, her installation will look much like her works on paper, which create “impossible space” with flat geometric forms and color.

Karen Rifas works intuitively, freeing herself to see and discover the tricks color and form can play on your eye. Josef Albers wrote about this process in his landmark tome on color theory. Time, experimentation and practice is the best way to teach an artist to truly understand the effects of color. In her new paintings on paper, Rifas plays with the ways contrasting colors alter the perception of space. Combined with the interplay of irregular polyhedrons, the resulting compositions have an astonishing variety and range.
 

Karen Rifas, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on paper and 45 x 45 in.

During the opening her installation will be a stage for a choreographed dance performance, a collaboration with Dale Andree, a pillar of Miami’s dance community. The dancers will enact a re-arrangement of right-angled benches. With this performance, Rifas will dramatize how her forms solidify in perception, even though they are only suggestions of mass. 

Karen Rifas, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on paper and 45 x 45 in.

ABOUT KAREN RIFAS

Karen Rifas has shown her work internationally, though, and this is remarkable, she has primarily made a strong art career in South Florida. Indeed, she has exhibited at nearly every art institution in Miami, so much so that her CV reflects the development of the scene in our fair city. She taught at the New World School of the Arts, Miami-Dade College and the University of Miami, where she received both her BFA in 1985 and her MFA in 1988. She has exhibited her work at galleries and museums in Miami, New York, Washington, D.C., Panama, Mexico, and Chile. Public collections include Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami Dade Art in Public Places, the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, the Girls' Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Museo de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Rifas' work has been featured in publications such as Art in America, ARTnews, Sculpture and Art Papers.

Karen Rifas, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on paper and 45 x 45 in.

ABOUT EMERSON DORSCH

Emerson Dorsch reflects the generative partnership of founder Brook Dorsch and curator Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. The contemporary art gallery represents select South Florida-based and national artists. ED hosts leading visiting artists, curators, and musicians to do projects at and around the gallery at least once per year.

Emerson Dorsch
5900 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
305-576-1278
info@emersondorsch.com
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