Emerson Dorsch is a contemporary art gallery with two complementary roles: to represent a core group of select South Florida-based artists, to host and represent excellent emerging and mid-career visiting artists
The gallery’s name reflects the partnership in art and life between the husband and wife team Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. We believe in the joys of an artful life, of experiencing art close to the source. Through all the gallery’s activities, we foster art patronage and artistic community. Brook Dorsch founded Dorsch Gallery in the early 1990s to exhibit Miami-based artists
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle
October 20th to November 22nd, 2017
Emerson Dorsch is proud to announce that Felecia Chizuko Carlisle’s exhibition Radio Silence will open October 20, 2017, 6-9pm, with three performance sets at 6:40, 7:30 and 8:20pm. Carlisle wields her atmospheric alchemy once again to illuminate her bent metal sculptures, and visualized audio in the form of video and drawings on paper. Bent and salvaged marine handrail sculptures are conspicuously silent, especially since Carlisle’s most recent sculptures were custom instruments made with piano wires. Only the largest sculpture in the grouping is playable and therefore vibrates with possible action. And action will happen: during three performance times on the opening night of Radio Silence, Carlisle’s friend and artist David Brieske will play the structure, called String Piece for A Sure Line. This exhibition constitutes important shifts for Carlisle.
September 1st toOctober 14th, 2017
Emerson Dorsch is delighted to announce Karen Rifas’ first show with the gallery, “PER FORMS,” opening Friday, September 1, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. There will be a performance at 7pm. Rifas will present a vinyl floor drawing in the midst of vivid new paintings on paper. From above, her installation will look much like her works on paper, which create “impossible space” with flat geometric forms and color. Karen Rifas’ new paintings on paper line the walls of the gallery. Rifas experiments with the effects of color contrast on the perception of space. Combined with the interplay of converging lines or irregular polyhedrons, the resulting compositions have an astonishing variety and range of references, from textile patterns to art historical standards. We often forget that color reveals its power over time. That is, look at vivid colors and shapes for 30 seconds, then look at a white space. The colors will have burned an echo into the image you see in the second. Likewise, one can track Rifas' ability to see throughout her year of of experimenting with the effects of color and composition.