This April, Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to announce SELFIE, a group show honoring the exploration of self through artistic expression. From the aristocratic portrayal of Durer to the camouflage visage of Warhol, the timeless art of self-portrait has been cemented as a cornerstone of art history, often demonstrating an artist in his or her most personal (perhaps even vulnerable) mode of expression. Through these personal endeavors an artist can reveal innermost thoughts and feelings while simultaneously allowing the viewer to bear witness to a human life in flux.
As personal the self portrait can be, it's also a form that's commonly defined by expectation and familiarity. For Selfie, participating artists were invited to unlock the shackles of tradition and take the notion of 'self' as a launch pad for pure creative expression. Looking deep within, each artist went beyond the flesh to offer profound glimpses into their souls. The result is a truly spectacular array of intimate iconography from some of the contemporary art scene's most exciting talents.
SELFIE features new work from John Felix Arnold III, Ana Bagayan, Jana Brike, Adrian Landon Brooks, Adrian Cox, Vanessa Foley, Monica Kim Garza, Caleb Hahne, Maria Kreyn, Mike Lee, Brian Mashburn, Mako Miyamoto, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff P., Meryl Pataky, Erik Mark Sandberg, Lucien Shapiro, Kevin Sloan, Marnie White, Kristen Liu Wong, and Christine Wu. The works range from familiar to abstract and unite under the banner of one theme: that these images best represent the notion of 'self' to the artist.
The opening reception for SELFIE will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, April 8th from 6-9pm. 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 April 30th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.
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