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Wesley Berg
updated: 01/14/2013
website: wesleyberg.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Santa Fe Studio with Standing Bear
Bear with Lewis and Clark Trail
Hanging Bear with Chandelier
Two Bears
Fallen Bear
Bear Skins with American Flag
Bear with Louisiana Purchase
Bears with I-70 at I-75
Bears with Shopping Cart
Five Bears on May 26, 1830
Bear Skin with Map of Killington Peak Ski Resort
Bear with Fox
Trophies
Foxes with Chain Link Fence
Bear with Trans-Alaskan Pipeline
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, consumer culture, historical, nature, mapping, political, social criticism, memory, urban
 
 
Santa Fe Studio with Standing Bear by Wesley Berg
Santa Fe Studio with Standing Bear
charcoal on paper
2010
116" x  50" 
Bear with Lewis and Clark Trail by Wesley Berg
Bear with Lewis and Clark Trail
ink on paper
2009
10" x  8" 
Hanging Bear with Chandelier by Wesley Berg
Hanging Bear with Chandelier
ink on paper
2010
9.5" x  8" 
Two Bears  by Wesley Berg
Two Bears
charcoal on paper
2011
93 " x  100 " 
Fallen Bear by Wesley Berg
Fallen Bear
charcoal on paper
2011
50 " x  114 " 
Bear Skins with American Flag by Wesley Berg
Bear Skins with American Flag
ink on paper
2009
9.5" x  8" 
Bear with Louisiana Purchase by Wesley Berg
Bear with Louisiana Purchase
ink on paper
2010
9.5" x  8" 
Bears with I-70 at I-75 by Wesley Berg
Bears with I-70 at I-75
ink on paper
2010
9.5" x  8" 
Bears with Shopping Cart by Wesley Berg
Bears with Shopping Cart
ink on paper
2010
9.5" x  8" 
Five Bears on May 26, 1830 by Wesley Berg
Five Bears on May 26, 1830
ink on paper
2010
9.5" x  8" 
Bear Skin with Map of Killington Peak Ski Resort by Wesley Berg
Bear Skin with Map of Killington Peak Ski Resort
ink on paper
2009
10 " x  8 " 
Bear with Fox by Wesley Berg
Bear with Fox
ink on paper
2010
9.5" x  8" 
Trophies by Wesley Berg
Trophies
ink on paper
2009
10" x  8" 
Foxes with Chain Link Fence by Wesley Berg
Foxes with Chain Link Fence
ink on paper
2010
9.5" x  8" 
Bear with Trans-Alaskan Pipeline by Wesley Berg
Bear with Trans-Alaskan Pipeline
ink on paper
2012
9.5" x  8" 

Artist Statement

My drawings and other visual works stem directly from the human experience in nature.  I am seeking to better understand the connection and relationship we have with the natural world while we live in an increasingly modern and developed society.  Through traveling to remote places, hiking, and trail running, I am attempting to shape moments of timelessness.  For me, this immersive process inspires a connectedness to the natural world.  From these experiences of connectedness, I create drawings to describe the delicate balance between man and nature--both historically and in the present.  

This series of drawings combines two major themes. The natural world (represented by the bear) and the superimposed image referencing American "progress" and the American Landscape. The poses and shapes of the bears have been referenced from bear-hunting trophy portraits.  The trophy hunting of bears becomes the linking metaphor between the natural world and the human, modernized world. Combined with images like the Lewis and Clark Trail or a map of the Louisiana Purchase, I am seeking to describe moments in our American History that have shaped our society--both for better and worse.

Artist Bio / CV

b. 1980  Ohio, USA

MFA, University of Florida, 2007 

BFA, Miami University (OH), 2003 

 

Artist Residencies:

Nelimarkka Museum, Artist in Residence, Alajärvi, Finland November 2012 - January 2013      

Baer Art Center, Artist in Residence, Hofsós, Iceland       June - July 2011 

Nelimarkka Museum, Artist in Residence, Alajärvi, Finland September - October 2010

Santa Fe Art Institute, Artist in Residence, Santa Fe, NM, March - May 2010

Vermont Studio Center, Artist in Residence, Johnson, VT, Oct-Nov 2009

 

Selected Exhibitions: 

Resident Show, Nelimarkka Museum, Alajärvi, Finland, 2012 

Arctic Flow, Index Art, Newark, NJ, 2012

Glacier Face, NPR Feature, npr.org, 2012

Fair Chase, enter:gallery, NY, NY 2011-12 

SOFA West, Santa Fe, NM, 2011

Fall Spotlight, 333 Montezuma Annex, Santa Fe, NM, 2011

Glacier Face, Baer Art Center, Hofsós, Iceland, 2011 

Brutal Pyramid, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, 2011 

Big Paper, 333 Montezuma Annex, Santa Fe, NM, 2011 

Withdrawn, The Drawing Room, Budapest, Hungary, 2010

Winter Group Show, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY 2010 Jurors: Kate McNamara, Curator PS.1, David Elshout and Rachel Hinde

Winter Emerging Artists Group Show, Rabbithole Studio, Brooklyn, NY 2010 

Wesley Berg, Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, Yellow Springs, OH 2010 

Environmentalism By Proxy, 18 Rabbit Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2010 

Brooklyn Artists Exhibition, Montauk Club, Brooklyn, NY 2009

Visual Aids, Metro Pictures, NY 2009

The Circular Exhibition, Hun Gallery, NY 2008                    

The Circular Exhibition, Gallery Ho, Seoul, South Korea 2008   

Five Artists, Redsaw Gallery, Newark, NJ 2008

Perspectives, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL 2007                                                          

Visual Aids, James Cohan Gallery, NY 2007                       

Farewell To My Body, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 2007  

Retrograde, Warphaus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 2006 

 

Awards:

Artist GrantVermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 2009  

Alumni Fellowship, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 2004-2007

 

Prominent Collections:

Clark + Del Vecchio (formerly Garth Clark Gallery)

Baer Art Center, Hofsós, Iceland

Nelimarkka Museum, Alajärvi, Finland