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Barbara Berk
updated: 05/22/2012
website: www.barbaraberk.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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circling
circling (three views)
tip top
tip top
measured breaths
island
untitled (floor drawing)
untitled (floor drawing) detail
untitled
untitled
untitled (from the Istanbul drawings)
untitled
untitled
untitled
untitled
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, process, repetition, site-specific, meditative
 
 
circling by Barbara Berk
circling
performance with "el" wire
2011
Dimensions variable
circling (three views) by Barbara Berk
circling (three views)
video
2010
Dimensions variable
tip top by Barbara Berk
tip top
performance
2010
Dimensions variable
tip top by Barbara Berk
tip top
performance
2010
Dimensions variable
measured breaths by Barbara Berk
measured breaths
performance with graphite on wall, sound, and video projection
2008
Dimensions variable
island by Barbara Berk
island
performance
2010
0" x  0" 
untitled (floor drawing) by Barbara Berk
untitled (floor drawing)
ink on paper on platform
2011
9'" x  9'"  x 1"" 
untitled (floor drawing) detail by Barbara Berk
untitled (floor drawing) detail
ink on paper on platform
2011
9'" x  9'"  x 1"" 
untitled by Barbara Berk
untitled
ink on Arches
2010
30"" x  22"" 
untitled by Barbara Berk
untitled
ink on Arches
2010
30"" x  22"" 
untitled (from the Istanbul drawings) by Barbara Berk
untitled (from the Istanbul drawings)
ink on Gampi paper
2011
14" x  11" 
untitled by Barbara Berk
untitled
ink on Gampi paper
2011
14"" x  11"" 
untitled by Barbara Berk
untitled
ink on Gampi paper
2011
14"" x  11"" 
untitled by Barbara Berk
untitled
ink on Arches
2011
14"" x  11"" 
untitled by Barbara Berk
untitled
ink on Gampi paper
2011
14 " x  11 " 

Artist Statement

 

Drawing is the foundation of my work and extends to performance, video and installations. 

 

I am interested in the physical act of drawing, and in drawing as an extension of the body. 

 

As I began to pay more attention to my body’s role in the art-making process, it was a logical step to performance, video and installation.

 

The visual vocabulary I use is reduced to basics:  line, movement, repetition, rhythm, chance.

 

I get many of my ideas from the context in which it will be shown.  

 

Artist Bio / CV

 

M. F. A., Pratt Institute, New York, NY

M. A. Istituto Pio XII, Florence, Italy

Akademie Die Bilhauer Kunst, Vienna, Austria

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

 

2007 Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2006 Haus, Pasadena, CA

2000 Words Are Slippery, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

1998 Light As Substance, Cypress College, Cypress, CA

1994 Without Words:  Twenty-One Drawings,Twenty- One Days,The Floating Storefront Studio, Irvine, CA 

 

 

Performances:

 

2010        Circling, JoAnn Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Circling, BC Space, Laguna Beach, CA

Tip Top, OsCene 2010 - Contemporary Art and Culture in Orange County, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA   

                Island, The Organic Line, Andi Campognone Projects, Pomona, CA  

2008 Measured Breaths, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles 

2007         Solo Act, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2006         Afterlife, Haus, Pasadena, CA

2005 Floaters, Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA

Standing Still Standing, OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA

2004 Giving Way, Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

Give and TakeUniversity Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona, CA

2002 Stepping in With Both Feet, George J. Doizaki Gallery, Los Angeles

2001 Traces, El Camino College, Torrance, CA

2000 2000 Revolutions, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA              

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

 

2011 Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles

2010 “Because the World is Round… It Turns Me, On"JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2009 Drive to Abstraction, Coastline Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA

Insight/Inside LA, Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mt.Saint Mary's College, Los Angeles 

2008 My Father's Party is Busted, BC Space, Laguna Beach, CA

In Black and White, El Camino College Art Gallery,Torrance, CA  

2007         It Figures, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA 

2005         Shame, BC Space, Laguna Beach, CA

2004        Frailty, Square Blue Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA 

2002         Ex Libris, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Los Angeles

2001         Ephemeral, University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona 

        Shades of Gray:  Four Approaches to Drawing, El Camino College, Torrance, CA 

2000         It’s About Time, Riverside Art Museum,

Riverside, CA 


 

 

Awards:  Fullbright Grant, Oslo, Norway