: new paintings
Oct 21-Nov 19
Opening reception: Sat, Oct 21, 6-9pm
Hours: Weekends 12-6pm | and by appointment
Norte Maar, 88 Pine Street, Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
JZ Train to Brooklyn. Crescent Street Stop
Norte Maar is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Emily Berger from October 21-November 19. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 6-9pm and thereafter the gallery will be open weekends 12-6pm and by appointment through November 19.
On exhibit are new paintings and a selection of drawings the artist created this past summer during her residency at Norte Maar’s Jay House. The exhibition will feature the artist’s ongoing structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture—a single brush stroke from left to right. Yet in these new paintings, the consistency of the mark and gesture has become punctuated with deliberate pulsation of dense pigment.
“Berger’s paintings have often been recognized for their meditative and pensive mark. And while this interpretation may be true, it simplifies (even neglects) the single most inspiring element I experience in her painting: the drama. The drama we experience in her repetitive act of dragging a brush from one end of the composition only to begin again and again. And while they balance beauty completely, they also balance drama. Berger’s process is nothing short of a Greek tragedy — King Sisyphus made to endlessly roll a huge boulder up a steep hill only to have it roll back down for him to begin again; the Daughters of Danaus cursed for eternity to carry water in a sieve, never to complete their task of filling a tub; and Prometheus, plagued by Zeus to die everyday by having his liver eaten out by an eagle. It is this level of drama acted out in the variation upon variation of paintings by Emily Berger.” – Jason Andrew, curator
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 of which is currently traveling to university galleries around the country. Her work has been favorably reviewed in several publications and is included in many private and public collections. Solo exhibitions include Rhythm and Light, at Walter Wickiser Gallery, and New Paintings, at Norte Maar, both in New York City in 2017.