The unruly artwork of Jesse Bercowetz is born out of a dark rural sensibility and is completely entrenched in the contemporary American psyche. His work is fashioned through trial and error into material metaphor and holds no allegiance to any one process or genre. Bercowetz is committed to a non-market driven collaborative process and fostering interdependence through radical arts practices.
He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been awarded Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The Jerome Foundation.
His art has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums, including: PS1 / MoMA, NYC; The Drawing Center, NYC; White Columns, NYC; Derek Eller Gallery, NYC; FeigenContemporary, NYC; Exit Art, NYC: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The New Museum, NYC; The Brooklyn Academy of Music; Albany University Art Museum, NY; Islip Art Museum, NY; Mass MOCA, MA: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Rice University, TX, and Art Basel, Switzerland.
He is the Recipient of several grants including: The Pollock/Krasner Grant, The Haven Foundation, The Mayer Foundation, The Artist Fellowship, Change Inc., The Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, The Puffin Foundation, Bessie Award and the New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Grant.
He has been selected for residencies at: The Vermont Studio Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, CA; Triangle Arts, NYC; Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, NYC; Art Omi, NY; Smack Mellon Studios, NYC, Religare Arts, New Deli, India; Ochre Arts, Hyderabad, India; and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including: The New York Times, L.A. Weekly, Art Review, Sculpture Magazine, The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Rail, The Chicago Reader, The Village Voice, ArtFor
has Volunteered for The New York State Council for the Arts, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Youth Mentorship Program, NYC; The New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program; The Coalition for the Homeless, NYC; Luna-Rose Prisoner Support, Bangkok, Thailand; Bellevue Hospital Mentally Ill Chemically Dependent Unit, NYC and The Visiting Nurses Service of New York, Hospice.
Bercowetz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY