Emerson Dorsch

Emerson Dorsch

5900 NW 2 Ave
Miami, FL 33127
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Karen Rifas: 20/20 installation shot.

Karen Rifas: 20/20

June 13 - August 29, 2020

Emerson Dorsch Gallery is proud to present Karen Rifas: 20/20, an exhibition of painting and sculpture. Following her outstanding show at the Bass Museum in 2018 and then her receipt of Oolite Art’s Michael Richards Award in late 2019, Karen Rifas made a series of increasingly dynamic abstract geometric paintings in which seemingly simple elements coalesce and illusionistic effects – mirages – become facts. In the gallery’s first two rooms wall-sized paintings create an immersive effect with vibrant color palettes and inventive compositional riddles. Three powder coated aluminum sculptures hover like virtual reality creations in front of the very pieces that inspired them. In the gallery’s office hang exquisite studies, small acrylic paintings on panel, of the patterns in the large works.
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Karen Rifas
1724b, 2020
Acrylic on paper
96 x 96 inches

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Karen Rifas
1724b, 2020
Acrylic on paper
96 x 96 inches

20/20 will be on view from June 13th through August 29th. The gallery will be open by appointment via a booking tool available on our website. Appointments will be limited to one family or friend unit at a time and will be in 30-minute blocks, so groups will not overlap. We will wipe down and freshen the space in between every visit. We hope to be able to celebrate Karen Rifas and her incredible show with a closing reception.
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Karen Rifas: 20/20 installation shot.

"Throughout all my work runs this common thread. I have never stopped thinking about the delicate balance which I find between man and nature, in structure and in freedom and that must be maintained if we are to survive."

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Karen Rifas: 20/20 installation shot.
Rifas constantly recalibrates ways to convey form in space and as new, imaginary spaces. In this show, she emphasizes the importance of the physical experience of her art. Depending on where one stands, a painting conveys a receding row of boards, or a collection of parallelograms, trapezoids, and triangles in alternating bright and dark colors on one side and alternating closely related colors on the other. The paintings in 20/20 yield surprises in each vantage point; their color recedes form or pops it, depending on the vantage point. No one point of view reveals everything about one of her paintings. Rifas’ current style, hard-edged geometric abstraction, was born in Miami, where multiple examples of the style from Latin America, North America and Europe have a strong presence in the city’s public and private collections, galleries, and museums. Cousins of the style, in the form of modernist architecture, can be found throughout the city, including the artist’s house and studio. Rifas’s practice has taken them in and plays with variations, changing patterns and elements slightly to explore the possibilities.

About Karen Rifas

Karen Rifas (Chicago, b. 1942) has shown nationally and internationally since the 1980s. In 2019, she was the second recipient of The Michael Richards Award, presented by Oolite Arts. This award is given to a Miami-based artist who has created a recognized body of original, high-quality works over a sustained period of time, and who, through his or her practice, is achieving the highest levels of professional distinction in the visual arts. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including Oolite Arts, Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, The Bass Museum of Art, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places Trust, and Perez Art Museum Miami.
Karen Rifas has had solo exhibitions at The Bass Museum of Art (2018), Emerson Dorsch (2017), Meetinghouse Gallery (2016), MDC Museum of Art + Design (2015), De La Cruz Collection (2010), Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design (2007), Polk Museum of Art (2004), Art Center South Florida (now Oolite Arts) (1997) and Museo De Arte Comtemporaneo, Panama City (1993). She has exhibited in numerous group shows and presented the following projects: Notices in Mutable Terrain, Fundación Atchugarry (2019); Selections from Karen Rifas Papers: Defining Space, Women Artist Archive (2019); Transphysics, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood (2017), 100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art (2015), MIA-BER, Berlin Arts Club (2014), Following the Line, Girls’ Club Collection (2012), I Triennial, Santo Domingo (2010), globe>miami

About Emerson Dorsch

Emerson Dorsch is a contemporary art gallery with two complementary roles: to represent a core group of select South Florida-based artists, to host and represent excellent emerging and mid-career visiting artists. The gallery’s name reflects the partnership in art and life between the husband and wife team Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. We believe in the joys of an artful life, of experiencing art close to the source. Through all the gallery’s activities, we foster art patronage and artistic community.

Brook Dorsch founded Dorsch Gallery in the early 1990s to exhibit Miami-based artists. Tyler Emerson-Dorsch joined the gallery in 2008 after earning a Masters from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. After almost 25 years, the gallery moved a second time to Little Haiti, a neighborhood northwest of downtown Miami.

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