Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Places to sit and conquer; a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Brooklyn based artist Patrick Berran, September 5 through October 4, 2008. There will be an opening reception Friday September 5, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Patrick Berran’s abstract paintings center on multiple paradoxes that reference art history, autobiographical elements, aesthetics, process, and imagery. As the business of art and art education have become more intrinsically linked to the content of work, snarky young artists typically reveal their educational experiences through proof that they too are in control of the medium. Nods to Bonnard, Kandinsky, Klein, and even Monet make their way into Berran’s paintings, demonstrating an artist in full possession of history and setting forth a course to extend the conversations of respected masters.
Berran’s point of departure is a synthesis of musical elements that both lead forward and close doors as the viewer deciphers the process-related codes. As a serial killer would deliberately offer clues that set detectives off on the wrong course to discovery, a viewer is likely to enter the image – often a snapshot of, or cropped emotional vortex – attempt to decode the illogical behavior of the material, and arrive conclusively back where they started. As the lead vocalist in the violently energetic, internationally touring punk rock group Apeshit, Berran’s musical and performing arena is one of primal screams and complete annihilation through raw release. Conversely, the paintings he creates are through a patient process of meditation, seduction of material, and transcendental thought patterns. They reveal an aesthetic that is sublime and at the same time repellent. There is extreme sensitivity to surface texture, sensuality, and tension, with resulting images depicting places that are beyond the visual and tactile. The common ground Berran finds between his music and paintings is that neither has obvious line, harmony, rhythm, or a pleasing tonal quality. Yet in the end they compel, supplanting the expected logical experience with a divine and demonic path filled with false leads, fugue state departures from previous layers, and pathological lies told so fast that one must stay in the moment to keep up. Repeat viewing proves further puzzlement and obsession.
Patrick Berran was born in 1980 and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in painting in 2002 and Hunter College’s MFA program in 2006. He has exhibited his work at numerous venues in NY. He is the lead vocalist in the punk band Apeshit, touring internationally. A recent performance at the Whitney Museum can be viewed on Youtube:
For more information about Patrick Berran’s music visit http://apeshitnyc.com/