Meryl Pataky 'Colorways' @ Stephanie Chefas Projects
Stephanie Chefas Projects was glowing in every sense of the word on Friday night as neon artist Meryl Pataky unveiled 'Colorways'. The show marked a significant departure for the Oakland based artist, who normally bends glass tubes into text that comes alive when brimming with neon light. Refusing to be pigeonholed by expectation, Pataky used 'Colorways' as a launchpad to elevate her style and venture new terrain. The result was exploration of electricity as art in all its glory and potential, signifying the artist's master craftsmanship as well as her spiritual reverence toward the universe itself as master creator of elements, lights and gasses.
"Colorways" not only saw Pataky experimenting with form, but texture, material and process as well. Wires and transformers were left intentionally and tastefully exposed to become part of the work. Small abstract formations were aglow with bright color and a heightened sense of mysteriousness by way of jaw-dropping borax crystals. Holding center stage between the crystal pieces was "Blue Gradient", a series of long vertical tubes beaming various modes of blue light and radiating with a sense of transcendental majesty, like a religious altar before which lovers of science and light might kneel.
Opposite 'Blue Gradient' were three brilliant, artistically honed abstracts brought to life by chrome paint and white neon. Each piece was so singular in its execution that with these few masterstrokes alone Pataky entered a new arena of expression in a medium often bogged down by expectation, confinement and redundancy. "Colorways" is irrefutable proof that Pataky possesses a distinct, museum-worthy aesthetic that goes well beyond figures and words.
'Colorways' by Meryl Pataky is on view through Nov 5th at Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave. #202, Portland, OR 97214, www.stephaniechefas.com