Oct 2, 2022

Emerson Dorsch

Emerson Dorsch

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Miami, FL 33127
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Karen Rifas: To Weave a Threshold

Curated by Patricia Ortega-Miranda

September 9th – October 22nd, 2022

Karen Rifas: To Weave a Threshold features a selection of works that explore the inseparable bond between the limit and the boundless. In bringing together different facets of Rifas’ constantly evolving artistic practice, including her most recent body of work, this exhibition highlights the depth of her conceptually rigorous yet playful approach to space through a poetic meditation on the nature of structures as thresholds of infinite possibility.

From her early sculptural works to her most recent geometric paintings and three-dimensional constructions, the line has been a central element in Rifas’s work, weaving metaphors of presence and absence, separation and connectivity, and reimagining space as a system of activities. The line also speaks to the role the artist herself has played in bridging different artistic generations, practices, and communities.

The exhibition’s curator Patricia Ortega-Miranda developed a sense for Rifas’s oeuvre while writing her essay about Rifas’s work in early 2022. When she began the project, Ortega-Miranda knew that she wanted to make palpable the connections between the stages in Rifas’s career in an exhibition setting.

Reacting to the show, Gallery Partner Tyler Emerson-Dorsch states, “I am excited to see how Patricia Ortega-Miranda makes the relationships between Karen Rifas’s different bodies of work tangible. There is something even more powerful to seeing the through-line, so to speak, come to life in space. I am grateful for Patricia’s sensibility here – and her wit. She responded to Karen’s patterns of thinking in ways that are clear in the connections she makes. I also love how she brought a little of her history in theater to the show, putting Karen’s work literally on a stage.”

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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