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Exhibitions September/October 2010


introducing

Berlin Artist CHRIS EHLERS

Mixed Media Paintings and Drawings From the
"Between the Roofs" Exhibit in Berlin and new Head Series


Between the Roofs, 30 x 41 inches, Mixed Media on Paper, 2009
Head (6), 13 x 9 inches, Mixed Media on Paper, 2010

MATHEW ZEFELDT
An Alternate Fantastic Reality

Recent Paintings, Acrylic on Canvas
Candidate 2011 MFA Studio UC Davis


How I Learned to be a Machine, 84 x 63 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2009

SHOW DATES
September 11 - November 6, 2010

SEPTEMBER RECEPTIONS
Preview: Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 5-8 pm
Second Saturday Reception, September 11 from 6-9 pm

OCTOBER RECEPTIONS
Special Reception: Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 5-8 pm
Second Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 6-9 pm

GALLERY HOURS
Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm
And by appointment

SECOND SATURDAY WEEK ONLY
Friday 12-5pm



CHRIS EHLERS

These paintings and sculptures of heads are not intended to be portraits of real people. My intention is to evoke sensations and emotions by externalizing internal psychological states that are deeply rooted in our inner selves.

I want to give the viewer an opportunity to experience a deeper emotional state. Because these are personal experiences, each viewer will bring their own perspectives, encountering many different views and sensations.

I invite the viewer to explore the emotions revealed by these images and respond to them. Some may discover fear; others may feel pain or compassion. Some may realize that avoiding their feelings is easiest, although I hope that some will cherish the opportunity to share their emotions and contemplate them even further.


Head (1)
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 12 inches
2009

Head (2)
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 12 inches
2009

Head (3)
Mixed Media on Paper
11.5 x 11 inches
2009

Head (6)
Mixed Media on Paper
13 x 9 inches
2010

Head (7)
Mixed Media on Paper
17 x 8 inches
2010

Head (8)
Mixed Media on Paper
21 x 9 inches
2010

Head (9)
Mixed Media on Paper
14 x 11 inches
2010

Head (10)
Mixed Media on Paper
16 x 10 inches
2010

Head (1)
Clay
8 inches height
2010

Head (2)
Clay
7.5 inches height
2010

Head (3)
Clay
7.5 inches height
2010

Head (4)
Clay
7.5 inches height
2010

Quantity 1 Piece
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 12 inches
2009

nicht ungestraft stolpern
Mixed Media on Paper
39 x 46 inches
2009

Woman
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 12 inches
2009

Untitled
Mixed Media on Paper
32 x 22.5 inches
2010

Untitled
Mixed Media on Paper
25 x 28 inches
2009

Untitled (head)
Mixed Media on Paper
38 x 18 inches
2010

Traced
Mixed Media on Paper
29.5 x 39 inches
2007

Self Portrait
Mixed Media on Paper
18 x 17 inches
2009

Hidden Insight
Mixed Media on Paper
58 x 58 inches
2009

freihandig radelnd (2)
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 12 inches
2009

freihandig radelnd (1)
Mixed Media on Paper
39 x 47 inches
2009

Fatale
Mixed Media on Paper
14.5 x 9.5 inches
2010

Faces
Mixed Media, Collage on Paper
18 x 18 inches
2010

Bloated Windbag
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 12 inches
2009

Between Timezones
Mixed Media on Paper
39 x 48 inches
2008

Between the Roofs (1)
Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 41 inches
2008


Mixed Media on Paper
28 x 32 inches
2010


MATHEW ZEFELDT

My work is fueled by an underlying interest in the tension between my adolescent escapist fantasies and the realization of my own mortality and maturation. I work primarily from the database of the visual culture of my childhood, including comics, movies, cartoons, and my early drawings of them. These narratives and their characters have provided a venue for expansive experiences outside of the limitations of my corporeal and tangible situation-functioning in my work as alter egos for myself. Appearing in my paintings as severed parts of icons, painterly blob mounds, statue heads, monumental rainbow brushstrokes, elemental shapes from drawing lessons and the ambiguous heap created by lines indicative of the comic, these sources and entities become a metaphor for the experience of aging and death. The protagonist's body becomes liquefied into gooey painterly abstraction (foreshadowing the mortal's immanent doom) and situated within barren landscapes and one-point perspective rooms (illustrating a psychological space). Occupying the line between fiction and nonfiction, the work pulls from my own experience, embellished to the point of non-recognition- an alternate fantastic reality.


A Frozen Moment in Eternal Time
Acrylic on Canvas
84 x 63 inches
2010

A Space Between Fiction and Non-Fiction
Acrylic on Canvas
98 x 72 inches
2010

This Time I'll get it Right (Sunset)
Acrylic on Canvas
83 x 63 inches

Wheel of Fortune Landscape
Acrylic on Canvas
84 x 63 inches
2010

Cylinder on Tile Floor
Acrylic on Canvas
84 x 63 inches
2010

Who Said Anything About Being Human?
Acrylic on Canvas
84 x 63 inches
2009

How I Learned to be a Machine
Acrylic on Canvas
84 x 63 inches
2009