FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF EDGE OF SUNSHINE, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY JULIA BERKMAN.

FOR HER FIRST EXHIBITION AT THE GALLERY, BERKMAN PRESENTS A SELECTION OF SMALL TO MID-SIZE ARCYLIC AND OIL PAINTINGS ON CANVAS.

THE PAINTINGS IN THE EXHIBITION COMBINE THE FORMAL TROPES OF MINIMALIST ABSTRACTION WITH MORE OVERT PAINTERLY SIGNIFIERS TO CLAIM A SPACE BETWEEN PAINTING AS A VEHICLE OF PRESENCE AND PAINTING AS A TOOL OF VISIBILITY.

THE GENERAL MATERIAL MECHANICS OF PAINTING ARE VISIBLE AS EMPATHIC REMINDERS OF THE BODY AND OF THE MEDIUM'S NOW-GONE REFLEXIVE CAPACITY. THE MARKS ASSERT THE CHARACTERISTICS AND LIMITATIONS OF THE BRUSH IN IMPERFECT CONTOURS AND UNEVEN APPLICATIONS OF PAINT, RETAINING EVIDENCE OF PAINT'S ONCE-LIQUID STATUS. THIS LINKING OF VISIBILITY TO BODILY TRACE IS AT ODDS WITH COMMERCIAL NOTIONS OF VISIBILITY AS BRANDING AND DEPICTED CONTENT.

THE FORMAL ELEMENTS ARE REDUCED, OFTEN SIMPLE LINEAR OR RECTILINEAR COMPOSITIONS ON A COLOR FIELD, AND DIFFERENTIATED THROUGH SUBTLE CALIBRATIONS OF HUE AND CHROMATIC INTENSITY. THE SHAPES THEMSELVES ARE SERIALLY REPEATED IN COMPOSTITIONS THAT LOOSELY ADHERE TO THE SUPPORT'S BASIC STRUCTURE. THESE SHAKY EDGES AND JUST-OFF GEOMETRIES TRADE IN THE CHANCE FOR ANY ALBERSIAN GLOW OR DEDUCIBLE STRUCTURE - MODERNISM'S OPTICAL PAYLOAD - FOR A COUNTERINTUITIVE, INEFFICIENT FORM OF VISIBILITY. BY INVOKING THE LOGICS OF PRESENCE AND VISIBILITY ONLY TO BOTCH THEIR DELIVERY, BERKMAN'S PAINTINGS RESIST BECOMING OBJECTS OF IDEOLOGY.

JULIA BERKMAN WAS BORN IN 1976 AND LIVES AND WORKS IN BOSTON, MA. SHE RECEIVED A BA IN 1999 FROM SWARTHMORE COLLEGE. IN 2007 SHE RECEIVED HER MFA FROM RUTGERS MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS.
CURRENTLY IN 2249 SPACE

JULIA BERKMAN
EDGE OF SUNSHINE
SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 20, 2012




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JON PYLYPCHUK
I WON'T GIVE UP ON YOU
OCTOBER 12 - NOVEMBER 24, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7-9 PM



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