Tom Berenz  – Into the Woods

Solo Exhibition at Emory and Henry College, Emory VA

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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.