March 7 — April 26, 2008
Tobey Fine Arts presents Out of Bounds, new paintings by Karen Schifano. While visually still in discourse with the minimalist geometric painting aesthetic, this exhibition makes a marked shift from that history. Off-kilter rectilinear shapes now recede and advance, producing a different kind of space; one representing conditions that are more contingent, dependent on something outside of themselves. As the viewer moves around the physical space of the gallery the paintings themselves change as well, opening many viewpoints and subjectivities to the shifting ground beneath normally comfortable mental assumptions. A dialogue is created in which space and time unfold in the viewer’s perception in ways that are optically and physically tied to the human body. Everything moves and changes, all is mutable, and everything can be in and out of bounds.