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Gabriel Shaffer

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Gabriel Shaffer

The Cut Up Method 

When: Thu., April 12, 5:30-8 p.m. 2012

Gabriel Shaffer is an odd but foreseeable breed: an artist who's the child of a visionary artist. His renowned mother, Cher Shaffer, paints colorful animals and faces that cross Dubuffet and Kandinsky. But Gabriel, who lives in Asheville, has achieved a unique visual vocabulary that shows vestiges of his extensive musical and literary background. After culling paper material from interstitial places such as abandoned factories and houses, dumpsters and flea markets, he collages old letters, discarded children's drawings, bank statements, and eviscerated books and journals to form his painting surface. There's a frantic, immanent quality to Shaffer's painting, as if the collaged understory and the imagery on top of it have been laid down to keep something from getting out. That something could be a creature or a narrative; in either case, it charges his images with a congested, talismanic power. In 2009 and 2010, Gabriel was voted Western North Carolina's top visual artist in the "Best of WNC" awards, and his work has been featured in many art publications. His work will be shown from 5:30–8 p.m., with food trucks on hand. —Chris Vitiello

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