Selfie as an Artistic Expression of Self-Exploration at Stephanie Chefas Projects
April is a fun month for the wonderful people of Stephanie Chefas Projects! They are proud to present SELFIE, a group exhibition celebrating the investigation of self through creative expression. From the aristocratic depiction of Durer to the camouflage images of Warhol, the practice of self-portraiture has been considered a cornerstone of art and art history, as it presents the artists through their own “looking glass”, in their most personal and emotional state. Through these private ventures, the artists can show their innermost thoughts and feelings and allow their viewers to feel closer to them, to show them a piece of their minds and souls. This communication between an artist and his/her audience is the key to a good rapport, and what makes an artist last in the time of instant creations and one hit wonders of the art scene.
The Art of Self
Self-portrait is one of the most private, most emotionally deep, most honest art forms. Never can a creator express himself so truthfully and in such a raw, natural manner than with the form of self-depiction. Little works have left the audiences in awe as the self-portraiture did over the course of history. We are all astounded by Rembrandt’s masterful depictions of self, with Frida Kahlo’s colorful pictorials, Gustave Courbet’s schizoid representations, and Edvard Munch’s infernal expressionist mirror image. As we know, this art form can usually be predictable and familiar, but for SELFIE, the participants were asked to break free from the usual constraints of tradition and express themselves in a completely free and unshackled manner. Each of the artists looked deep within, beyond the skin and flesh, and offered a sincere coup d’oeil into their hearts and souls. The result of this is a truly magnificent assemblage of intimate imagery that will proudly occupy the space of Stephanie Chefas Projects.
The Artists of SELFIE
Stephanie Chefas Projects’ SELFIE features new work from the futurealist Ana Bagayan; John Felix Arnold III, the North Carolina-born figurative, abstract, and conceptual artist; the wonderful illustrator Adrian Landon Brooks; the Latvian visual artist Jana Brike; the St. Lous-based fine artist Adrian Cox; a UK-based contemporary artist Vanessa Foley; the Denver-based digital artist Caleb Hahne; Monica Kim Garza; the Russian-born figurative painter Maria Kreyn; the New Yorker, Mike Lee; the North Carolina oil painter Brian Mashburn; the photographer Mako Miyamoto; a contemporary painter Jennifer Nehrbass; a psychedelic naturalist painter Jeff P.; an abstract sculptor inspired by the periodic table, Meryl Pataky; a mixed media illustrator Erik Mark Sandberg; the oddity creator Lucien Shapiro; the “magic realism” painter Kevin Sloan; the draftsperson Marnie White; the painter, illustrator and crafter, Kristen Liu Wong; and last but not least, the internationally exhibited Christine Wu. Their works span from abstract to familiar, but have one thread that connects them, the thread of “self”.
SELFIE at Stephanie Chefas Projects
The opening reception at Stephanie Chefas Projects will be held on Friday, April 8th, from 6 PM to 9 PM. SELFIE will be on display from April 8th to April 30th, 2016. The gallery is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. Owned by the independent curator Stephanie Chefas, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on promoting new talent within the contemporary art scene. With exhibitions such as SELFIE, Chefas proves her unique ability to organize group shows with specific themes that allow the artists to have plenty of breathing room for exploration and creation of their works.
All images courtesy of the artists and Stephanie Chefas Projects Featured images: Kevin Sloan – Delicate Garden-The Poet, detail | Left: John Felix Arnold III – Untitled / Right: Adrian Cox – Painter at Dawn | Left: Ana Bagayan – Call for Peace / Right: Jana Brike – Self Portrait as L’Origine du Monde | Left: Jennifer Nehrbass – Selfie / Right: Kristen Liu Wong – Imagined Self Portrait with Juice