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April Berger

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Striation_3
"Striation #3", 2009 Oil 18" X 12" © ©April Berger '09
Striation_10
"Striation #10", 2009 Oil 24" X 36" © ©April Berger '09
Striation_11
"Striation #11", 2009 Oil 22" X 28" © © April Berger '09
Striation_6
"Striation #6", 2009 Oil 22" X 28"
Striation_9
"Striation #9", 2009 Oil 28" X 28"
Striation_1
"Striation #1", 2009 Oil 18" X 14"
Striation_16
"Striation #16", 2009 Oil 36" X 24"
Striation_15_low
Striation#15, 2009 Oil 36" X 24"
Striation_2
"Striation #2", 2009 Oil 14" X 11"
Striation_26_low
Striation#26, 2009 Oil 36" X 24"
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Brooklyn, NY
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Tags
mixed-media, modern, studio-lofts, abstract
Statement

 

NEW WORKS

 

Striation Exploration


25 new paintings

It started with a yearning to paint stripes. I was seeing them everywhere:  geological veins in the landscape, the undulating movement of sea kelp along the shore, striated muscle fiber in the body. I thought it was a new area

of interest at first, but then I realized that striations had always been in my work, quietly in the background.

From the beginning of my painting career, I was aware that I would paint for many years in order to discover or uncover my essential vocabulary of shapes. For 25 years, striations and their variations have been a key constant in my work: like a soft whisper, almost imperceptible, quietly in the background.

With this new body of work I am bringing the striations into the foreground.   After years of working in fabric, mixed media and acrylics, I decided to return to oils for this exploration: back to my original medium.

Striation Exploration is a meditation on boundaries, patterning, permeable and impermeable membranes, the juxtaposition of order and chaos. I have glimpsed at my basic vocabulary, with each canvas a peek at the subconscious patterns within: some calm and meditative, others chaotic and wild. It’s been a great journey and I invite you all to come on the exploration with me.

April Berger

San Francisco, 2009