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)

Coalescence – Solo Exhibition

July 7th, 2014


Coronae 6, monoprint, 25 x 25″, 2014.

Coalescence

Solo Exhibition

July 17-August 17, 2014
opening reception: Thursday, July 17, 6:30-8:00pm


1234 Ninth St NW, Washington, D.C.  20001     202.232.4788
Wednesday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5, and by appointment

Laura Berman – Coalescence

Layers build, imagery compounds, colors mix and patterns form in Laura Berman’s latest monoprints. Her process of working is playful and dynamic so that her imagery can become beautifully mixed and re-mixed again. Berman’s work focuses on essentials of direction, precision, iteration, and play within space– reflecting the eternally active coalescence of everything in our universe.

Berman is inspired by landscapes both immense and miniscule. She has recently spent a lot of time in the very middle of Kansas. The Flint Hills region is a vast landscape of nothingness– no trees, no things, no people– it’s akin to being out at sea. Out there the distance between sky and land is short and unmediated. This new work reflects the slow and dramatic connections between enormous spaces on and beyond our earth and dense details found in environments of transition, such as blades of grass and rocks on a beach. These coalescing landscapes are all born of stardust and motion. Everything is related– and nothing is identical. Stars follow this pattern, as do planets, and rocks, and people. As it is in our universe, so it is in Berman’s prints.

Kansas City Print Society Presentation

May 20th, 2014

The Kansas City Print Society hosted a panel presentation with Kansas City Art Institute printmaking students and alumni last month.

Participating students included:
Robert Howsare
Adri Luna
Kelsey Van Horn
Daiana Oneto
Emmett Merrill
Sara Haug

Here is the documentation of their fantastic presentation.

Pulsar – Solo Exhibition

March 6th, 2014


Pulsar

a solo exhibition

earth and sky connect
in the hypercolor graphic prints
of Laura Berman

April 11 – May 24, 2014
Opening reception: April 11, 5–9pm


1600 Liberty
Kansas City, MO 64102

 

(pictured above: Starburst 5, Monoprint, 22″ x 22″, 2013)

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