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Efrat Baler
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: Space: My next frontier. These are the stories of canvas paintings. The continuing mission: to explore the boundaries of the canvas in new ways, to seek out new ideas and new representations, to boldly go where a canvas has not gone before. I’m seeking ways to bring the painted canvas front and center, similar to the experiences offered by new technologies but in low tech and accessible way. I’m influenced by augmented and virtual reality, 360-degree videos and VR of artworks, holograms and the digital projection of ourselves on social media platforms. I want to mimic this state and breakout from the boundaries of the canvas and the wall. I’m exploring how a 2-dimensional painting can evolve into a 3-dimensional representation of its flat self. Mimicking how the artwork would look like if it could evolve into a concrete object or alternatively recede back into the 2-dimensional plane. Instead of observing a painting from one contemplative vantage point of view I’m allowing the viewer an inspection and exploration from different perspectives, revealing the innards and outer layers of the artwork beyond the boundaries of the wall. Narrating the story of the making and possible meanings behind the work. Taking advantage of the front and back of the artist’s canvas frame, I use the canvas itself as both a surface and an object by sculpting or extending the canvas cloth beyond the frame of the painting. I combine linear drawing and 3-dimensional objects on, beneath or behind the canvas melding them into the painting, and use texture, paints, strong contours and color to emphasize the painting and transitions into relief and onto objects. This creates a hypothetical artistic equivalent in reliefs and freestanding sculptural paintings. From the flat surface it can be or become: revealed illustrated transported incarnated materialized objectified a simile a reproduction a relief painting ​ Retaining the painterly characteristics of its former self to be experienced in our environment and in our space as a realized painting. I choose still life and art about art to portray these stories about paintings that materialize to a more realized form yet still retain their picturesque traits in the 3-dimensional world. The immediate subject matter and playfulness in my work is not the ends but the means to create the journey beyond the canvas for the viewer. These are the stories of where the artworks came from as paintings and what they could become if they leave the surface of the canvas and be realized into a 3-dimensional world as a virtual animation of their 2-dimensional painted form.
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  • THE BATHER
    2018
    Oil and Acrylic on canvas
    73 x 40 x 20 in.
    View of the front, side, and back of artwork. Reference to "The Bather" by Paul Cézanne. A free-standing painting that can be viewed from all sides attached to a mannequin that has be

  • STILL LIFE GOES ON
    2019
    Oil and acrylic on canvas and wood
    54 x 16 x 15 inches

  • CREATIVE PUSH
    2019
    Oil and Acrylic on canvas and metal
    65 x 36 x 16 in.
    View of front, sides, and back. Reference to M. C. Escher "Drawing Hands" Reference to M. C. Escher "Drawing Hands". This work is a free-standing painting that can be viewed from a

  • TABLE TALK CENTERPIECE
    2019
    Mixed media on canvas
    23.25 x 15 x 15 inches

  • WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE
    2018
    Oil & Acrylic on canvas
    68.9 X 50 x 40 inches
    A free standing painting that can be viewed from all sides attached to a mannequin that has been covered with canvas and painted. This is work of art is “realized" into the 3-dimensional wo

  • BEAT AROUND THE BUSH
    2019
    Acrylic and Oil on canvas and metal
    70 x 42 x 24 inches
    View of the front, side, and back sides. A free-standing painting that can be viewed from all sides. This is work of art is “realized" into the 3-dimensional world as a virtual animation of

  • BRANCH OUT
    2019
    Oil and Acrylic on canvas and metal
    70 x 24 x 10.5 in.
    View of the front, side, and back sides. A free-standing painting that can be viewed from all sides. This is work of art is “realized" into the 3-dimensional world as a virtual animation of

  • FLUIDITY
    2019
    Mixed media on canvas and metal
    77 x 49 x 12 in.
    Frontal, side and back view of the artwork. The painting is on and part of a pedestal making it a 360 degrees painting.

  • OFF THE WALL: THE PIPE DREAM
    2018
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    76 x 30 x 23.5 in.

  • OFF THE WALL: MUSICAL CHAIR
    2017
    Oil & Acrylic on canvas
    59 x 36 in. The painting on the wall 30 x 30 in.
    This is an installation of 2 pieces. The armchair and the canvas attached to it is free standing a few feet away from a wall. On a wall behind it and a little to the side is a 30 x 30" accompanyi

  • HOLD ON TO YOUR SEAT
    2018
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    40 x 57 x 11.5 inches + 6 pounds
    This wall hung painting a chair is "realized" into the 3-dimensional world as a virtual animation of its 2-dimensional painted form still retaining painterly characteristics in our realm. Th

  • SCREAM 4 US
    2018
    Mixed Media on Canvas
    56 x 36 x 9 inches
    This wall hung painting is "realized" into our times with a protruding, relief animating the original figure from Edvard Munch’s The Scream .

  • TO INFINITY AND BEYOND
    2017
    Mixed media on canvas
    47 x 13.5 x 4 inches
    3 canvases joined together by the "missile" wrapped with canvas that's on top. A progression from cartoon like launching to bright red impasto oil paint at the entry to outer space.

  • UNVEILED
    2017
    Oil, Acrylic, charcoal, pencil & marker on canvas
    40 x 38.5 x 4 in.

  • PICTURE WINDOW: MICE VIEW
    2016
    Acrylic and oil paint on canvas
    48 x 40 x 2.5 inches
    This painting is framed on both sides by draped, folded canvas that creates window drapes in which a semi-finished sketched/painted cat is depicted looking out of the window. The canvas that drapes th

  • YES WE CAN
    2016
    Mixed media on canvas
    31.5W x 30H x 8D
    This work incorporates a real can and paint brush partially covered by canvas and paint. There are also 2 drawings of paint cans and brushes painted in them. The elements of painting are captured here

  • PIECE OF CAKE
    2016
    12 H x 24 W x 3in,
    Mixed media on canvas

  • THE PICTURE OF MRS. DORIAN GRAY/THE BIRTH AND AGING OF VENUS
    2002
    Oil on Canvas
    48"x72"

  • NUT CASE
    1997
    Mixed Media
    10"x8"x8"

  • BASKET CASE
    1997
    Mixed Media
    10"x8"x8"

  • On the other side #2
    1993
    Mixed media on canvas
    15.74" x 23.62"

  • On the other side #1 (Mini Lisa)
    1992
    Mixed media on canvas
    15.74" x 23.62"
 








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