Emily Berger
Medium: Painting and Drawing

Studio Location:
232 Third Street
Studio # First Floor Gallery

Email: berger.emily90@gmail.com

Website:: www.emilyberger.net

Artist Bio:
Emily Berger is an abstract painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Chicago, she grew up in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Brown University, attended the Skowhegan School and received an MFA from Columbia University. She has been awarded several art residencies and exhibited widely, including in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, Colombia, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University , Kent State University in Ohio, and the National Academy Museum in New York City which awarded her the John Hultberg Memorial Prize for Painting. She is included in the American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, an exhibition currently traveling to university galleries around the country. Her work has been reviewed in several publications and is included in many private and public collections. One - person exhibitions include Rhythm and Light, at Walter Wickiser Gallery, and New Paintings, at Norte Maar Gallery, both in New York City in 2017.

Artist Statement:
My paintings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. I brush, wipe, rub, and scrape, incorporating the color, texture and pattern of the wood supports, concealing and revealing underlying layers in various states of transparency and solidity. I work with and against whatever happens as I work, painting from edge to edge or exposing areas of the surface to create shape. The rhythm and variety of the bands of paint, the motion of painting, create broken symmetry and light. In my most recent work I continue to explore these themes in color and black and white, a break in linearity with a series of stuttering or irregular marks, and interruption of the rectangle as the image forms new relationships to the edge. Each painting is like a letter I write, or music composed. Within the structure improvisation in time is the key. The process of painting, incorporating the effects of chance, and the materiality of paint and surface, evidence of the hand, are most important to me. Variations and surprise within the structure of movement and mark making I set for myself are the elements that keep me going; time is my subject.

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