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Feb 1, 2014 to Mar 1, 2014
Throughout the month Februrary you can experience the amazing works of Alex Reisfar. Opening reception where you can meet the artists wil be held February 8, 2014 7:00-9:00pm. The fantastic yet familiar images that emerge from the mind of Alex Reisfar come from a deep and calculated place. Not having any institutional training, Reisfar was taught by his Mother, who studied under Wayne Thiebaud. After his interest was sparked he continued his artistic growth through self motivated studies. His eerie landscapes are inspired by the places he has lived throughout his life. While situated in the central Oregon desert, his longing for the ocean was made manifest in his art. In Indianapolis, Reisfar studied rusty barges and the various marine buildings surrounding the Chesapeake Bay that inevitably found their way into his paintings. Now settled in Portland, he has adopted the subdued palette offered by the overcast days.
When observing Reisfar’s work it’s hard to ignore the immense amount of symbolism present. He uses figurative images to indirectly make social commentary, not only concerning the world at large but also, on a more personal level, as a way to understand and deal with these events internally.
For The Coyote Show, Reisfar used reclaimed wood supports for all of the pieces. This was not only an economical tactic but a way to free himself from the constraining monotonous shape of the classic rectangular canvas. These repurposed found materials are new and exciting surfaces that enhance the experience of his work with their rugged textures and spontaneous nature. His uses of de-saturated color palette and his inclusion of antique imagery are done in an attempt to relate the social issues of today with historic events. In this he hopes to coax the viewer to try and understand these contemporary events with the familiar imagery of our history.
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
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