Tom Berenz - Into the Woods
Solo Exhibition at Emory and Henry College, Emory VA
Artalk: Monday, November 10 at 7:30p.m. in the BOV in Van Dyke.
Exhibit: Tuesday, November 11 – Friday, December 12, 2014
The 1912 Gallery opens for viewing at 6:30 p.m. before the Artalk and following for a reception with the artist.
Berenz is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. His paintings have been exhibited nationally and featured in multiple publications, most notably, New American Paintings and Huffington Post.
His paintings are about his relationship to the world around him, cerebral and physical, intellectual and visceral. “I use the disaster motif as a metaphor to discuss personal, sociopolitical, environmental and ideological issues. Through the motif of disaster, I explore the existential self and examine personal narratives, with some being more literal and others more enigmatic.”
Notions of loss, place, memory, space and time are central as Berenz re-examines personal experiences from his past and present. “The imagery is in constant flux, but always returns to a pile. A pile is everything and it is nothing. It is a mound that once was and now isn’t; a mass of information, both physical and metaphysical, organized and chaotic,” the artist says.
His works emphasize form over narrative. He injects painterly gestural forms with flat edited down shapes. This results in a striking dichotomy between the strong emotional subtext of the work and the stark rigidity of its execution.
The Artalk and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Curator removes intimate images from Paris gallery after threats received
Exhibition featuring Diane Ducruet’s work part of month-long photography festival
A series of intimate images of a mother and child have been removed from an exhibition that is part of the month-long festival Le Mois de la Photo after its host gallery received threatening letters and messages online. The photographs by the French artist Diane Ducruet, which form a polyptych entitled Mère Fille, were included in an exhibition, “L’intime comme illusion” (until 8 November), which opened at the Galerie Catherine Houard last week.
The removal of the images was first reported by the French website, Rue89. Ducruet tells The Art Newspaper: “The works were hung on the afternoon of 30 October… Houard’s assistant confirmed the decision to take down the pieces around 16.00, so I took the works.”
Another artist in the exhibition, Marie Docher, has written on her blog that seven identical letters were sent to figures associated with the show. “They requested that Ducruet’s work was removed. The letters were signed and gave free rein to the authors’ fears and fantasies. Words used included ‘incest’ and ‘paedophile’,” Docher says.
On her website, Ducruet has listed the exhibition and written “censored” alongside. She says the works develop the ideas first presented in herMother and Daughter piece of 2001. “The polyptych presents a vision of mother and daughter far from the Pietà archetype… Two bodies entwined, attempting to separate from each other,” she says.
Françoise Paviot, the exhibition curator, said in a statement: “It seemed ill-advised of us to continue with the exhibition as planned, given our inability to judge the seriousness of the threats. Consequently, we removed the offending piece, even though it was displayed in the gallery’s basement.”
Houard, who hosted the exhibition in the gallery for free , declined to comment.
The Maison Européene de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris, a major photography gallery, has organised the Le Mois de la Photo festival. A spokeswoman for the MEP says that its director Jean-Luc Monterosso “has not been in contact with the people involved in the censorship [saga] in which he also been implicated…. He stresses that shows presented under the Mois de la Photo [banner] are the sole responsibility of the curator and representatives of the respective exhibition venues.”
Last month, the US artist Paul McCarthy’s inflatable sculpture Tree, was vandalised in the Place Vendome and the 69-year-old artist assaulted.