Interview with Spotlight KC Print

July 16th, 2013

Here is an interview with me last spring by Karl Marxhausen of Spotlight KC Print. I love his interpretation of my images, process and inspirations– this is a very insightful read about my work!

LINK TO INTERVIEW

 

 

Ex Astris: Solo Exhibition

June 27th, 2013


Supernova 1, relief monoprint, 22″x 22″, 2013.

 

Ex Astris

a solo exhibition

July 6 – September 30, 2013
opening reception: July 6, 2-5pm

The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs
695 National Scenic Byway 177
Matfield Green KS 66862

 

 

Playing on the words Ad Astra from the Kansas state motto, Laura Berman decided to call the show of her most recent work at Pioneer Bluffs “Ex Astris”—not to, but from the stars. It indicates that, in this phase of her artistic career, she feels uniquely connected with stars, novas, supernovas, the ever-changing cosmos. Earlier, Laura already received much recognition with her “rock art” prints and installations (one of her shows was called “Between a Rock and an Art Place”); at the time, her rocks showed their relationship with the earth. Now she connects her rocks to the sky.

A logical development, says Laura. “As far away as the middle of Kansas is from other places, it is one of the most ideal locations to connect with the sky, with the stars, with ‘greater things.’ I find its remoteness actually closer to everything, the universe, than most places I have ever been.” Rocks grow from under ground… stars circulate above earth… eventually the stars make the rocks. She made the rational decision this time to concentrate on these stellar linkages.

Laura’s rocks, in whichever connection, as prints as well as building stones of installations are playful, humorous, sometimes ironic—and foremost extraordinary colorful. It must be her background. Born in Barcelona, Spain in the 1970s, her roots are equal parts traditional and hippie/disco; she credits her infinite love for saturated color and bold pattern on these stylistic eras and her cultural relationship with Spain, where she returned many times including as artist in residence in El Bruc, near Mont Serrat, where she found so many of the real rocks with which she built her enormous collection. The fact that she studied art in festive New Orleans may also have contributed to her development as an ardent colorist. “I am fascinated by the plasticity of color. In plastics, color is really infused in the material and not dependent on the material itself, like a bark of a tree would be. In man-made processes we can infuse and put in any color we want. That’s what I am doing—and I am working with color that is not nature-based.”

Laura just wanted to paint rocks. Still wants to. “These inanimate objects are not asking me questions, they don’t need anything from me, they are just there for me and my experiments.” She focuses on relationships and recombination of forms, which relates to her nomadic history of relocation and travel; and she outfits her rocks truly in bursts of color. Although a printmaker par excellence (since 2002, she is an Associate Professor of Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute), Laura’s work includes many site-specific installations. “All She Ever Wanted Was Everything” (2009) was an expansive polymorphic wall installation consisting of nearly one-thousand hand-cut intaglio prints of rocks; it appears climbing walls, or hovering way above the floor. In 2013, she hopes to realize a new installation in situ on the prairie near Matfield Green, as one of the participating international artists in an experience called EARTH – Sites and Structures; the working title for this project is “Form Field.”

Laura Berman’s rock collection has already travelled with her through thirty-something dwellings–in ten states and two countries. Hundreds of artifacts document and archive her life’s trajectory and memories. A series titled “Re-Collection” features vividly colored prints inspired by her rock findings and other discoveries. Again, she uses color to transcend what the images are.

At Pioneer Bluffs, Laura’s work is dominated by dynamic relationships of color, pattern and natural-themed imagery. Included are two new series of prints—one of monoprints with flat colors and layers related to supernovas and having an “exploding” composition; and one suite of flower prints related to floral patterns from her childhood clothes. Together with her rock collection imagery, these prints tell a strong story of an artist connecting to her own life through past and present interests.

[Un]bound: 3D Printmaking

June 8th, 2013



Rise, details of installation in progress, 2013.

 

[Un]bound: 3D Printmaking

June 14 – September 7, 2013

Opening Reception: June 14, 5-8pm

[Artspace] at Untitled
1 NE 3rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

[Un]bound is an exhibition curated by Curtis Jones, printmaking instructor at the University of Oklahoma. It is comprised of installations by Laura Berman (Kansas City, MO), Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson (Cedar Falls, IA), John Hitchcock (Madison, WI), Emily Arthur Douglas (Atlantic Beach, FL), Jenny Schmid (Minneapolis, MN), and Curtis Jones (Norman, OK). The artists employ printmaking as a foundation for three-dimensional installations and multi-media work, striking a balance between the traditional expectations of their craft and the formal expectations of the contemporary art world. The artists in this exhibition are all recognized printmaking educators.Because this work will require the presence of the artists to install and create on-site, the participants will be available share their knowledge and methods through the [Press] at Untitled workshops, lectures, and print-specific public demonstrations
[Artspace] at Untitled is a contemporary art center designed to stimulate creative thought and new ideas through the presentation of exhibits focusing on national and international artists. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Untitled is committed to providing free public access to its programs, performances, and publications, and to engaging the community in collaborative outreach efforts.

Preview Group Show– Leedy Voulkos Art Center

June 5th, 2013

 


E:2  Relief monoprint, 38″ x 29″, 2009.

 

Preview Group Show

Highlighing Artists with Upcoming Solo Exhibitions

 

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

Main Gallery

June 7 – July 27, 2013

First Friday Opening: June 7, 2013 6pm-9pm

 

Artists

Debbie Barrett-Jones, Laura Berman, Skyler Bieberly, Bill Cave, Joe Gregory, Scott Archie Gobber, Steve Joy, Heinrich Toh

 

Fine Prints and Paper – Kansas City

April 22nd, 2013

This past weekend the Fine Prints and Paper Kansas City first annual exposition was held at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City. I enjoyed seeing many friends and colleagues, meeting new friends and sharing my prints with everyone there. Looking forward to next year’s event!

 

 

 

Fine Prints and Paper KC seeks to continue and enhance Kansas City’s legacy in the printed and paper arts. By establishing an annual forum where lithographers, letterpress artists, etchers, papermakers, book artists and others can meet, exchange ideas and present their efforts to the public a major step will be made in the effort of maintaining and strengthening Kansas City’s role as a major regional and national center for the paper arts. It will stimulate further interest among artists in printmaking and the paper arts. Demonstrations and workshops will serve to engage and educate the public, raising levels of interest and connoisseurship.

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