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Adam Berk

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20130215190222-point_doom_for_celeste
Point Doom, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 52" X 36" © Adam Berk -- www.adamberk.com
20130216043117-grasslands
Grasslands, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 18" X 36" © Adam Berk -- www.adamberk.com
20130216043227-ocean_meets_desert
Ocean Meets Dersert, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 42" X 54" © Adam Berk -- www.adamberk.com
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Unsustainable, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 45" X 45" © Adam Berk -- www.adamberk.com
20130216044645-illusion_of_rebirth_5
Illusion of Rebirth, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 55" X 39" © Adam Berk -- www.adamberk.com
20130216044756-life_thereafter_4_x_8_72
Life Thereafter, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 77" X 39" © Adam Berk -- www.adamberk.com
20130216045002-a_glimpse_of_the_sky_4
Glimpse of the Sky, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 60" X 34" © Adam Berk -- www.adamberk.com
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1987
Schools
Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz, 2011, BA
Tags
environmental, environmental-art, environmental contemporary, environmental art, landscape, surrealism
Statement

            “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.

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