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Neil Berger
updated: 03/16/2013
website: www.neilberger.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Ruined Barn
Streambed
Northern Vermont
Oil, Lube, Trans
41st St., Brooklyn
Winter Thaw
5th Ave., Brooklyn
Life on the Street
Incoming Storm
Abandoned Pier
Abandoned Warehouse
Sophie Scholl
Woman
Ice Wisps
New York Harbor
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, landscape, meditative, nature, portraiture, urban, gestural, architecture, memory
 
 
Ruined Barn by Neil Berger
Ruined Barn
monotype
4/08
20" x  24" 
Streambed by Neil Berger
Streambed
monotype
8/08
20" x  24" 
Northern Vermont by Neil Berger
Northern Vermont
monotype
June 2010
23" x  27" 
Oil, Lube, Trans by Neil Berger
Oil, Lube, Trans
momotype
July 2010
22" x  26" 
41st St., Brooklyn by Neil Berger
41st St., Brooklyn
monotype
3/2013
22" x  27" 
Winter Thaw by Neil Berger
Winter Thaw
monotype
2/13
22" x  27" 
5th Ave., Brooklyn by Neil Berger
5th Ave., Brooklyn
monotype
1/13
22" x  27" 
Life on the Street by Neil Berger
Life on the Street
Monotype
2/13
22" x  27" 
Incoming Storm by Neil Berger
Incoming Storm
monotype
7/12
22" x  27" 
Abandoned Pier by Neil Berger
Abandoned Pier
monotype
7/12
22" x  27" 
Abandoned Warehouse by Neil Berger
Abandoned Warehouse
monotype
22 x 27"
0" x  0" 
Sophie Scholl by Neil Berger
Sophie Scholl
monotype
7/08
20" x  24" 
Woman by Neil Berger
Woman
monotype
10/10
27" x  22" 
Ice Wisps by Neil Berger
Ice Wisps
oil on canvas
Jan 2012
40" x  46" 
New York Harbor by Neil Berger
New York Harbor
oil on canvas
2/12
48" x  42" 

Artist Statement

 


The drawings I submit are monotypes. They are made by applying etching ink to a Plexiglas plate and transferring the image to paper. Ink meets paper only after I have achieved a satisfactory image. There is no fighting of the working surface through erasing (as there would be with paper, canvas, or even smooth board) and therefore no permanent loss of virgin-surface, so spontaneity and experimentation are encouraged. Because monotype allows me to change the image so easily and repeatedly without losing freshness, I think of it as turbo-drawing.

Monotype combines different strengths of printmaking, drawing, and painting. Monotype is on paper, like drawing, and it is monochrome like lots of drawing. One may speak of a freedom from color that allows a rich moodiness to emerge. There is a whole, integrated surface that comes from the image being thoroughly and evenly squashed into, indeed, made one with, the moist paper.

Monotype adds the warmth and wetness of painting to its drawing-like properties. My etching ink, souped-up with linseed oil, is paint-like. The centrality of wiping to monotype is only possible with a fluid (in this case oil) based medium. Effects akin to the whorled, spewing physicality of oil paint (my other primary medium) are created by brushing solvent over ink. Most lines are made with the edge of the roller, whose spongy “give” lends a suppleness to lines like those made with a laden brush.

Doing monotype has led me to open up my painting practice- making it a more bold mixture of additive and subtractive marks, covering and uncovering, lines and planes, fuzzy and precise, direct marks and marks made at some remove like stencils or broad smears, using solvent as a separate tool, and directly using hands. The boldness I first discovered in monotype is moving into my painting.

Artist Bio / CV

 Neil Berger

1 Argyle Rd., Brooklyn, NY 11218

ph. 607 379 0566

email- neildberger@gmail.com 

 

Education

Boston University, School for the Arts, MFA, painting, 1995

Stanford University, BA, Cognitive Science and Studio Art, 1993

 

Grants and Awards

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, printmaking, 2007

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, 2007, 2001

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, painting, 2004

Golden Foundation for the Arts Grant, 2002

Best of Show, Arnot Art Museum 68th Regional Art Exhibit, 2000

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, 1989

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Level I Award, painting, 1989

Geraldine Dodge Foundation Award, 1989

 

Selected Exhibitions (solo shows marked by asterisk)

*String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY, November 2009

*Grove Gallery, Aurora, NY, July 2008, 2007, 2006

Print Matters, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, August 2006

Made in NY, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY, June 2005

Flock, Spire Studios, Beacon, NY, January 2005

Small Works Show, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY, Feb 2004

Figurative Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY, Dec 2003

*Coulter Young Gallery, Peekskill, NY, July 2003, April 2002, April 2001

*Main Street Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY, March 2001

*Garrison Arts Center, Garrison, NY, January 2001

*Regional Art Gallery, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, June 2000

Annual Regional Art Exhibit, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, 1999-2002

*David Sarnoff Research Center, Princeton, NJ, July 1990

The Works of the 1989 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, National Museum of American Arts, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., March 1989

 

Residencies

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Aug 2008 (Full Fellowship), Jan 2005,