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Roller Coaster Dreams

Phase I: Works for Sale

These paintings are for sale by the artist. They are mixed media oils, acrylics, charcoal and ink on 40" x 30" x 2" gallery wrapped stretched canvas. Click the thumbnails for larger views.
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Roller Coaster Dreams #1




Roller Coaster Dreams #2




Roller Coaster Dreams #3




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Roller Coaster Dreams #7




Roller Coaster Dreams #8




Roller Coaster Dreams #9


Artist Statement

Roller Coaster Dreams

Since my childhood in New York, I've had a recurring dream in which
the expansive highways leading to gigantic bridges turn into roller coasters
as I travel over them. The Roller Coaster Dreams series stems from this
idea of highways turning into roller coasters.

The series also stems from my enjoyment as a child of books like
Alice in Wonderland, where characters can go through mundane household
objects like mirrors and find other worlds.

The first image, Stairway, is the beginning of the tour, and the rest
of the paintings are the journey along the way.

You see some recognizable elements like roller coasters and highways,
sort of like signposts in a strange world where you also see things that
I may or may not have put there, based on your own ideas and perceptions.

While as the artist I'm the tour guide, presenting these little journeys,
the viewer really determines the ride's meaning to him or her--the tours
will mean different things to different people, like Rorschach ink blots.

As the tour guide, my hope is that viewers will get that feeling I get
when I stand in front of a painting in a museum that "sends me," like the
work of the Abstract Expressionists, Futurists and Surrealists--that
feeling that you're going both inside the painting and inside yourself.


Exhibitions

2009
Highly Toxic
Gallery Godo, Los Angeles

2008
Art Basel
Lurie Gallery, Wynwood Arts district, Miami

Art for Change
Fundraising Exhibition for Barack Obama, Los Angeles, CA

DLI
National Juried Exhibition
Recipient, first-round acceptance
Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY

2007
Damez
Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, Chelsea, New York City

2005
Have You Seen Art Lately?
Art Institute of California Gallery, San Diego, CA

Artwalk
San Diego, CA

2003
Fusion
San Diego Center for the Moving Arts

Iron Artist Special Event
San Diego County Office of Education

Reviews

Art Beyond Reality and Imagination
Karen Sperling's work takes the viewer on a high octane
roller coaster ride beyond reality and imagination.
All aboard!
Bob Hogge
Gallery Director
Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery
Chelsea, New York City

Art Stands Out
Love your work--it stands out in a crowd.
Roger Loyd
Gallery Director
Gallery Loyd
Oslo, Norway

Contemporary Relevance
Karen Sperling's abstract art, by balancing between
representational and non-representational,
reinvents the traditional sensibilities of abstract
art, giving it a contemporary relevance.
Michael Savas
Chair of Illustration
Laguna College of Art and Design
California

Powerful, Gorgeous, Complex Abstracts
I LOVE your abstracts! They're powerful, gorgeous, complex.
They twist, go involuted, then shout!
Emotion, intellect, passion, revelation, transformation...
I see all these things in your abstracts.
Viewing your work makes me feel privileged to have
glimpsed into your soul--VERY few artists in my life
have evoked this kind of reaction from me.
Your art is like an urgent embrace, or a near-death
experience, wherein one receives a vision that can
transform, and also takes a while to process.
Wonderful work!
Bobbo Goldberg

Inspirational Art
I love your work. Everything happens for a reason,
and walking into the gallery at Art Basel gave me an
opportunity to see your work, which was a breath of
fresh air and inspiration.
I am very interested in your art. I respect you as
an artist and the work that you do and would love to
have this piece.
A collector


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