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Adam Berk

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Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz, 2011, BA

surrealism, landscape, environmental art, environmental contemporary, environmental-art, environmental


            “Man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” –Rachel Carson


            Like Rachel Carson, I too am concerned for our future. One of the most distressing and urgent concerns of the 21st century is global climate change and the ramifications it has on natural resources, weather, ecosystems, animals and, ultimately, humans. We are assaulting our natural surroundings and I am compelled to raise our consciousness with the hope of curbing our destructive manipulation and abuse of the environment. It is my goal to instill and share my respect and appreciation for the natural world in oder to reveal the interconnection we have with it.

            I paint imagined desolate landscapes that embody an aura of vast dreamlike space. Painting from my imagination allows me to combine memories with fictitious settings. By exaggerating my color palettes, applying heavy textures in the foreground, and using light washes and blending techniques in the mid-ground and background, I create environments that amplify a polarized struggle between harmony and dysfunction. Plants, birds, and insects inhabit the foregrounds and are constructed using an impasto technique. The stark backgrounds are seemingly lifeless defined with threatening clouds, parched hillsides, and dark or blazing skies. My paintings dramatize a nightmarishly fragile and crippled world struggling for survival – A glimpse into an unpredictable future.

Recent Exhibits

Adam Berk participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2013 Southern Slugs
Paul Williams Gallery
Exhibited with these artists
Adam Berk has Exhibited with these artists:

Oscar Eliseo Moreno Daniel Williams
Exhibited at these venues
Adam Berk has Exhibited at these venues:

Paul Williams Gallery
curated with these artists
Adam Berk has curated with these artists:

Oscar Eliseo Moreno Daniel Williams
curated at these venues
Adam Berk has curated at these venues:

Paul Williams Gallery
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