Diverse Approaches to Pen, Pencil, and Crayon
BOSTON, MA (JANUARY 2009) – DRAWING RANGE, ON VIEW AT THE BERENBERG GALLERY FROM JANUARY 22 – MARCH 7, 2009 EXAMINES THE VARIETY OF DRAWING TECHNIQUES WITHIN THE GENRE OF OUTSIDER ART.
Jonathan Lerman (b. 1987) was diagnosed with autism at age two. With little ability to communicate verbally, Lerman began drawing at age ten as means assembling his fragmented visual world. His charcoal portraits are composed with a confident hand, filling the page with strong fluid lines and dramatic shadows. Uncharacteristic of most artists with his level of autism, Lerman focuses on the human face, capturing an intensity of emotion with sophisticated understanding. Donald Mitchell (b. 1951) creates legions of small figures by using a dense system of cross-hatching. Some are all but obliterated by the hundreds of lines on the page while others freely float across a clear field of white paper. Robert Kirshner (b. 1955) is an observer of construction sites and the mass transit system. Combining pencils and crayons and erasing and redrawing, his images confront the upheaval and grittiness of the urban landscape. Rose deSmith Greenman (1898-1983) created over 2,000 drawings during her seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Her delicately executed “doodles” and “imaginative sketches” of domestic life were drawn on every available scrap of paper with whatever drawing tool she could find. Scott Griffin (b. 1970) collects scraps of metal from the streets and junkyards of Toronto. Using a welding arc to burn lines in the metal he creates ghost-like images. The shape and color of the metal scrap inspire the content of the drawing. Michael Madore (b. 1954), who has Asperger’s Syndrome, holds an MFA in painting from Yale University. His recent works using ink and acrylic include intricate studies of brain activity, visual hyper-focusing, and the impact of sensory overload on people with Asperger’s. Several artists in the exhibition create images using only words, letters, and numbers. Yasmin Arshad (b.1974) has a special affinity for grids and repetition. Using permanent marker on paper and wood she sets out to document every date between the year 2000 and 3000. John Patrick McKenzie (b. 1962) weaves together series of phrases that read like poems and flow like musical scores across the page.
images from the exhibition.
Spindleworks: Celebrating 30 Years
BOSTON, MA (NOVEMBER 2008) – SPINDLEWORKS: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS WILL BE ON VIEW AT THE BERENBERG GALLERY FROM NOVEMBER 12, 2008 - JANUARY 3, 2009
Berenberg Gallery is proud to participate in the thirtieth anniversary celebration of Spindleworks, a nonprofit art center for adults with disabilities located in Brunswick, Maine. At Spindleworks over thirty-five artists work in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, ceramics, woodworking, weaving and other fiber arts. In addition, the artists write poetry and stories, make films, and express themselves through acting and other performing arts. Their work has been exhibited widely, and they are respected members of Maine's artistic community. The exhibition features both established and emerging artists from this remarkable organization. Rita Langlois is the oldest member of the Spindleworks community, and perhaps the most renowned. She is a prolific painter, whose colorful and whimsical works reflect the seasons, her moods, and stories from her life. In her delicate watercolors wide-eyed people and animals peer out from simple landscapes while the sun glances down quizzically from the sky. Using felt-tip markers, Kevin Babine creates dynamic text-driven works, which are daily narrations influenced by national holidays, local festivals and popular culture. He is inspired by The Wizard of Oz and vampire movies and also by New York City with its Rockettes and Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. The resulting works recall the boldness of Andy Warhol and the timelessness of vintage of movie posters. Diane Black is an accomplished and prolific painter. Most days she can be found quietly working in her studio on drawings inspired by other works of art, as well as portraits of men and women from her imagination. She is intrigued by many different subjects and interprets them with her own expressionistic style. Steve Mann has been weaving, embroidering, painting, and writing poetry for over twenty years. His intensely colored A-frame camps, moose and polar bears are powerfully executed with an abstract quality. Mann was featured in the short film, 'King Kong in a Blanket' by Bruce Williams, which was shown at the New York Film Festival. Sam Eberhart has plethora of superheroes stored in his head that pour on to the page. Mona Bibber was born and raised on the scenic Maine coast. Her upbringing is reflected in her painted work, which has a strong emphasis on seascapes and animals. Though she suffered a stroke in 1996, she continues to paint, now in a more fluid and impressionistic manner.
Note: We are sad to report that Rita Langlois passed away in December 2008. She will be greatly missed.
images from the exhibition.
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