MERYL PATAKY

Pass Me the Hammer II

cinder block, glass tubing (neon), resin, black pigment, hand silvered glass

16 x 22 x 22 inches

SOLD

 

 
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MERYL PATAKY

Untitled

resin, black pigment, glass tubing (neon)

Each tube is 48 inches

$4,500 (set)

 

 

MERYL PATAKY

Glass Cinder I

acrylic, resin, black pigment, glass tubing (neon)

15.5 X 7.5 X 7.5 inches

$1,650

 

 

MERYL PATAKY

Glass Cinder II

acrylic, resin, black pigment, glass tubing (neon)

15.5 X 7.5 X 5 inches

$1,650

 

 
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MERYL PATAKY

LaBrea I

glass tubing (neon), resin, black pigment

19 inches in height

$1,200

 

 
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MERYL PATAKY

LaBrea II

glass tubing (neon), resin, black pigment

17 inches in height

$1,200

 

 
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MERYL PATAKY

Slay (Made in the U.S.A)

glass tubing (neon), resin, black pigment

15 x 9.5 inches

$1,200

 

 

Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to welcome Oakland-based artist Meryl Pataky back to the gallery for a stunning collection of new work. Breaking new ground while fortifying her devotion to light, Pataky continues to explore her aesthetic to mind-blowing effect. Flexing her experimental muscles for this exhibit, she adds a quick cast of resin and black pigment to the neon tubes, simulating the leak of a transformer. In other works, Pataky rests a cinder block atop the neon tube while the entire piece lays over a hand-silvered piece of glass, thereby leaving a glowing reflection as an unexpected viewable element. "By experimenting as much as possible with my medium, I find that I continue to see joy in the medium", says Pataky. "Right now experimentation is a huge part of my process". 

In addition to a new level of attention towards materials, Pataky is creating a new series of brightly colored miniature palm trees. These sculptures first made their debut in 2013 at Art Basel Miami Beach. Hoping to upend a common cliche in the neon world, Pataky made the palm trees small and multi-colored, modernizing them in the process. To further the concept, Pataky has incorporated the quick cast 'drips' to each frond and trunk.  

In the artist's own words: "The work has become self-aware.  It knows how ubiquitous it is and yet so misunderstood.  It knows it will be in pop-culture’s favor for now, as it has seen itself before so many times in its past, but soon fall again when it becomes oversaturated and squeezed for all of its luster, turned to kitsch and trifle through the scramble for profit on a trend. Fossilized in Instagram moments, glowing truisms hung over beds, and cliches on nightstands.  In every artists portfolio. It’s all happened before. When a neon transformer begins to die, it leaks tar. The motor has been turning for a while. And then it dies."

The opening reception will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday,
July 6th from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through July 28th, 2018 and is free and open to the public.