One Must Eat the Other

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Untitled (RM 8), 2010 Oil And Acrylic On Panel 20 X 20 © Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery
One Must Eat the Other

27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
May 27th, 2011 - August 14th, 2011
Opening: May 27th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Summer Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 12-6; All other times by appointment


Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present One Must Eat the Other; recent abstract paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Patrick Berran. This is his second solo exhibition with the gallery.

The hungrily pigmented free-form vocabulary that has become Berran's abstract painting process resolutely unifies the tension between surface and image. Highly refined surface skins dissolve into transparency and are overtaken by chaotic imagery. Pulsating nebulae lurk everywhere and adhere to the surfaces, forcing indeterminate spatial interpretations. Sublimely tinted and seductively tactile, Berran's recent paintings assert themselves as reinvigorators of the medium.

Patrick Berran is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in painting and printmaking in 2002 and Hunter College’s MFA program in 2006. In 2005 he received a GRAF travel grant from Hunter College and completed a two-week study in Berlin, Germany under the contemporary artist Franz Ackermann. From 2004-2009 Patrick was the lead vocalist in the punk band ¡Apeshit!, touring internationally as well as the United States. ¡Apeshit! performed during the 2006 Whitney Biennial as part of Rirkrit Tiravanija's Peace Tower. He has exhibited his work at numerous venues in NY and the US, most notably Playing Fields at Indiana University and Informal Relations at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and at Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago. In 2009 Patrick founded the project Mother Chorizo, functioning as a record label and book publishing company. In addition to painting, Patrick is creating several prints through Haven Press in Brooklyn, NY.

Continuing with Jason Robert Bell's year-long project The Tetragrammatron Archive in Thomas Robertello Gallery's new micro gallery, the artist presents three new painting/sculptural hybrids. These works are experiments to invoke and deflect pareidolia, the phenomena by which we imagine faces in random arrangements of objects, forms, and patterns. All of the objects that have found their wayward ways to these canvases are something of great emotional value to the artist: tokens of lost loves, gifts from long distant friends, unfinished diagrams for back burner projects, and debts. Each momento mori, imbued with hope and fear is presented as a mask of God, created out of nothing but a pile of trash, with gravity and drying speed being the final designers.

Jason Robert Bell graduated from the School of the Art Institute Chicago with a BFA in Painting in 1995, and the Yale School of Art's MFA program in 2000. Bell's paintings, drawings, sculpture, experimental films, outdoor installations, and performances have been exhibited in New York, most recently at Postmasters Gallery and the Fountain Art Fair, Boston, Miami, Washington DC, Baltimore, San Francisco, Tokyo, and many times in Chicago.