DAN LAM | MERYL PATAKY | ERIK MARK SANDBERG | KRISTEN LIU-WONG
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June 2 – 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 2nd, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
This June, Stephanie Chefas Projects presents NEON LOVE, a four person exhibit honoring the unmistakable allure of electric hues. Like a moth to the flame, the viewer will be drawn into a visual journey via color and light by way of sculpture, painting, photography, and mixed media assemblages. Artists Dan Lam, Meryl Pataky, Erik Mark Sandberg, and Kristen Liu Wong each offer a distinct aesthetic unified by vibrant color.
The polymorphous, multi-textural qualities of Dan Lam's brightly colored sculptures both confuses and delights the viewer, each work begging to be touched. Meryl Pataky continues her exploration of abstract neon and concepts of universal connectedness. Erik Mark Sandberg brings his hairy, neon-colored subjects to life via photography, each image a metaphor for the perversion and exploitation inherent to our consumer culture. Kristen Liu Wong's women struggle with power and sexuality within slightly sinister, always tight framework of candy colors and striking patterns.
The opening reception for NEON LOVE will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, June 2nd 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 June 24th, 2017 and is free and open to the public.
ABOUT DAN LAM
Born in Manila to a Vietnamese family who relocated to Texas when she was a child, Dan Lam (b. 1988) spent her formative creative years in Dallas with her mother. She received her B.F.A. in 2010 from the University of North Texas and later completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Arizona State University. Lam currently resides in Dallas, TX where she works primarily alone in her studio at her home. She enjoys the unpredictable quality of her process. This is seen in the way she manipulates the foam structures and handles the resin. She couples this with the tedious and controlled placement of her acrylic “spikes” and surface designs. This opposition is crucial to her work. Whether seen in the process itself, or the final result, which exudes both an intense beauty and an intense uneasiness, Lam plays with these polarities and examines them closely.
ABOUT MERYL PATAKY
Originally from South Florida, Meryl Pataky moved to San Francisco in 2002 to attend the Academy of Art University. She fell in love with the tactile nature of sculpture and pursued a BFA in the major. Meryl’s work consistently revolves around elements found on the periodic table. From silver and copper to neon, iron and carbon, Meryl creates a variety of abstract works that relate to her concept of universal connectedness. In doing so, Meryl combines technical expertise–from welding to glasswork to papermaking–with her own personal narrative, building complex pieces that invite the viewer to guess at what thoughts and experiences influenced her process.
ABOUT ERIK MARK SANDBERG
Inspired by everyday life in Los Angeles, Erik Mark Sandberg’s (b. 1975) work addresses issues such as globalization, gentrification, consumerism, and love in the modern day. His allegorical narratives incorporate an experimental mix of digital 3-D modeling, printmaking, photography, drawing, and collage. For Sandberg, the use of composite imagery symbolizes the disconnect that technology creates between man’s natural environment and the ersatz reality of the digital realm. Sandberg is also a prolific commercial artist and has received numerous awards for advertising and editorial illustrations.
ABOUT KRISTEN LIU WONG
Born and raised in San Francisco, Kristen Liu-Wong left home at the tender age of 17 for Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute where she would major in Illustration. Since graduating in 2013, she has shown extensively in numerous galleries on the East and West coasts and some places in between and beyond.
Her work blends everyday occurrences from her life in Brooklyn with abstracted nightmares and crude humor. Trained as an illustrator, she tries to tell a story with every piece she makes, developing a personal and slightly sinister narrative within each painting. Using candy colors, heavy patterning, and tight compositions, the work draws inspiration from American folk art, the cartoons she watched as a kid, and her appreciation for architecture. She is always striving to make work that is highly personal but altered enough to allow individual interpretations to be applied to every story she paints.