Anderson Ranch Arts Center – summer 2015 workshop

December 13th, 2014

 

I’m excited to announce a return to Anderson Ranch Arts Center next summer to teach this upcoming workshop! Anderson Ranch Arts Center holds a very special place in my heart, and it is a fantastic place to immerse in art-making and learning.

 

Enrollment begins January 2, 2015.

More info is here or at:  Laura Berman ARAC Summer 2015

Contemporary American Print Makers

December 13th, 2014

 

My work is featured in this new book, available January 2015: Contemporary America Print Makers, by E. Ashley Rooney and Stephanie Standish. (Schiffer Publishing). This book highlights more than seventy print-based artists and thirty print shops from across the United States whose work embraces the history and techniques of traditional printmaking while pushing the bounds of new print media.

More info here: http://www.schifferbooks.com/contemporary-american-print-makers-5615.html

Cultural ReProducers: Propositions, Manifestos, and Experiments

December 3rd, 2014

Cultural ReProducers: Propositions, Manifestos & Experiments is finally in print! This risographed think-tank explores the intersection of contemporary artmaking and family life through text and images from 28 international artists published by and with the collective Temporary Services in glorious duotone with a centerfoldout poster of the Cultural ReProducers manifesto. Due to the multilayered nature of the zine (44 pages in 3 colors with a centerfoldout manifesto poster) it was painstakingly collated, folded and stapled by hand and there are just 400-ish copies in existence.

Orders within the United States are just $7 US plus shipping ($8.50 postpaid). You can support the work of Cultural ReProducers by ordering your copies right here.

Thanks to Temporary Services the zine will also soon be available as a lovely e-book and archival PDFs at $2 each through their imprint Half Letter Press.
For those of you in Chicago, join us for the event Co-Occupations, a reading, curated bookshelf and zine launch co-organized with Caroline Picard for Sector 2337 on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:30pm (doors open 7pm) including a live performance by musicians/parents The Speers. The event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents, curated by Christa Donner and Thea Liberty Nichols and on view through February 14th at Columbia College’s Glass Curtain Gallery. Please join us if you can! Sector 2337 is located at 2337 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL.

Propositions, Manifestos & Experiments features contributions by: Christa Donner, Candida Alvarez, Laura Berman, Andrew Yang, Lise Haller Baggesen, Keiler Roberts (Powdered Milk), Lenka Clayton, Jennie Temple (Project!! Wakaka!), Stephanie Diamond, Selina Trepp, Chiara Galimberti, Lauren Weinstein, Alberto Aguilar, Fred & August Sasaki, Orla Whelan (AtHomeStudios, the Mothership Project), Crystal Ann Brown & Eliot Hown (The Hown’s Den), Libby Clarke, Rebecca Niederlander & Iris Anna Regn (Broodwork), Jane Marsching & Andi Sutton (Plotform), Kyle Schlie (S.A.C.K.), Melissa Potter, Claire Ashley, Andre Francke & Kim Dhillon (Invisible Spaces of Parenthood).

Structure, Story and Flow – group exhibition

September 28th, 2014

My new prints are featured in a group exhibition at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City.

Heather Lustfeldt of the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art curated Structure, Story and Flow, a group exhibition of works by Pele Prints artists.


Umbra RM19 and Umbra RM21, monoprints, 30″ x 30″, 2014. Published by Pele Prints, St. Louis.

 

Structure, Story & Flow

In Collaboration with

Pele Prints

Curated by Heather Lustfeldt

Featured Artists
Laura Berman
Sarah Hinckley
Benjamin Pierce
Jessie Van der Laan
Amanda Verbeck
Ken Wood

Opie Gallery
September 5 – November 1, 2014

Printer’s Statement

Pele Prints is a collaborative fine art printmaking studio dedicated to creating limited edition prints and original works of art. At Pele Prints, we take a non-traditional approach to each project and encourage experimentation. Here artists are free to explore their ideas in the studio, using multiple print processes as a jumping-off point. While the print medium is the primary focus, finished pieces may also include three-dimensional components, collage, handwork, and/or various other elements. The goal is to create a unique body of work that displays the curiosity, learning, and constant discovery exemplified in the collaborative process at its best.

In addition to being an artist, Amanda Verbeck is the collaborative printer and publisher at Pele Prints. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and has 14 years of experience as a printmaker. After working with several presses in the St. Louis area, Amanda started Pele Prints in 2006.

Exhibition Statement

Featuring a selection of new and recent work created at Pele Prints by a range of artists, these exhibitions will explore related themes of design, structure and narrative inspired by organic forms, nature and humanity.

Structure, Story & Flow presents imagery inspired by nature, form, and human fantasy. Opulent, large-scale prints invoking waves, wings, landscapes and atmosphere juxtapose intimate, textural works reminiscent of cell structures and light. These formal, more abstract adventures of color and gesture complement fantastical narratives merging aspects of human, animal and architecture within psychologically charged vignettes.

This exhibition is curated by Heather Lustfeldt, a curator, writer, educator and collection consultant in Kansas City. Heather is currently Curator at Epsten Gallery Foundation in Overland Park, KS.

 

 

 

Two reviews of Coalescence exhibition

August 14th, 2014

My exhibition Coalesence at Long View Gallery was honored with two recent reviews.


The Washington City Paper writes, “Berman’s prints are just abstract enough to allow your mind to wander, perfect for an afternoon exploring new landscapes on your own.”
(click image below to read full review)


The Washington Post writes, “Printmaker Laura Berman takes inspiration from the Flint Hills region of Kansas, which her Long View Gallery statement calls “a vast landscape of nothingness.” If that sounds like something from the grayest of Samuel Beckett, Berman’s monoprints actually are colorful and sometimes airy. Her “Umbra” series arranges multi-hued, wing-like rhomboids as if they’re fluttering on the white backdrop, and her “Starbursts” explode elongated triangles from a central point. Shiny metallic inks amplify the pictures’ force.”

Read the full Washington Post review here (scroll to bottom of exhibition list)

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