John Berry: Rubber Stamp
5 June—17 July 2021

Man-made environments and landscapes, gardens and parks, and industrial architecture: John Berry's paintings are richly coloured, radiating an almost physical presence into space and displaying an abstract style that repeatedly makes use of the figurative. With clear contours and strong colour contrasts, the pictorial elements stand out from the background or wrestle with each other. Rocks and other forms stand monolithically next to each other, plants or flies push themselves as oversized pixels in between. Action and coincidence, will and structure form situations that are difficult to resolve.

In his artistic work, John Berry is equally concerned with formal, aesthetic and thematic issues. Berry's art takes up the aesthetics of various influences, such as those of Modernism, and at the same time orients itself towards the two-dimensional pictorial logic of the Middle Ages, right up to the cartoons and video game graphics of the 1980s and 1990s.

John Berry *1981 in Providence, Rhode Island, US, | lives and works in Greencastle, Indiana, US | Since 2013 Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, US | 2013 Curatorial Projects in Bloomington, IN, US | 2010-2013, Part-time Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, US | 2009 Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Indiana University, IN, US | 2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design, RI, US | numerous exhibitions in America, exhibitions in China and Germany
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