FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10 October 4, 2005
Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2005, 6:30 8:30 pm
Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, D-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact, Evelyn FitzGibbon
Phone: (310) 315-1937, Fax: (310) 315-9508
Web site: <http://www.bermanturnerprojects.com>
Gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm
A portfolio sampling of Bill Barminski’s exhibition may be viewed at the gallery's Web site.
Bill Barminski, Untitled from the “About Face” series, 2005, mixed media.
BERMAN / TURNER PROJECTS is proud to present new paintings by Southern California artist Bill Barminski. These new compositions, all completed in 2005, comprise his eighth Solo Exhibition with Robert Berman, the partner in BERMAN / TURNER PROJECTS, making this his first show back in Los Angeles in three years after a successful exhibition last year in New York City.
Returning to the newly formed BERMAN/TURNER PROJECTS, a merger between long time Gallerists Robert Berman and William Turner, this new work will be featured in their D5 gallery. Barminksi, who has produced exceptional works in numerous mediums including music videos, video installation, music composition and interactive formats, returns again with his brightly hued paintings incorporating figurative imagery, text and campy symbols of our postmodern culture. Aside from turning out an ever-growing corpus of widely exhibited artwork, the artist keeps himself occupied by teaching at the lab for New Media and the Design lab at UCLA.
ABOUT FACE revisits the classic iconography and wit of Barminski; painterly, textural, hypnotic double visuals that’s reminiscent of fifties traditional advertisements and takes pokes at consumerism as well as making comments on a multiple of social issues.
You never quite know what you’re going to get with regards to the artwork of Bill Barminski. Amidst his clever use of themes, context and the unique pairing of vintage imagery with contemporary reference, his work very much critiques mass media and the consumer culture through what LA Weekly describes as “neo-pop contra-propaganda”.