FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“We’re All Doomed”
Solo exhibition by Cameron Gray
“Enjoy It While You Can”
Solo art exhibition by Yarg Noremac
July 26, 2008 through August 23, 2008
Opening Reception Saturday, July 26 6:30-8:30 pm
Robert Berman Gallery
Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, C-2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 315-1937, Fax: (310) 315-9508
Web site: http://www.robertbermangallery.com
Gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm
Cameron Gray, “An Instability of Ideas”, 2008, oil on wood.
Robert Berman Gallery presents an exceptional solo exhibition from Cameron Gray, with a set of "paintings" that are painstaking assemblages of credit card size mini-tableaux, cleverly put together to form portraits. This body of work, which makes up Gray’s second solo exhibition at the Robert Berman Gallery, addresses politics, religion, ideology, nature, commerce, media and our propensity for violence.
Beyond the interest of Cameron's work is his art of digital, network manufacturing. His work begins as digital studies, which are divided into hundreds of small pieces and then sent out to a group of artists composed of personal associates, professional colleagues and Internet correspondents. By breaking the painting down into a grid of pixels and outsourcing the work, Gray builds a virtual factory by way of the Internet. Each painting is comprised of several smaller paintings. The smaller images used are thematic and play a vital role in the depiction of the larger image. This modern approach is used to create the appearance of a traditional oil painting.
Born in 1974 in Anaheim, California, Gray lives and works in Los Angeles. Prior to his entrance into the L.A. art scene, Gray owned his own animation studio and worked as an Animation Director for films like Apocalypto, Underworld: Evolution, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and multiple videos for the band, Tool.
Yarg Noremac, “Reason Has Limits”, 2008, oil on wood.
Robert Berman Gallery is also proud to present the US premiere of artist Yarg Noremac in an exhibition entitled “Enjoy It While You Can” which consists of paintings that explore the chaotic and surreal world of rock concerts through his method of reality alteration.
Noremac has been following rock bands in America and Europe for the past several years, photographing young music fans at rock concerts. He then paints from the photographs, breaking them up into smaller pieces, creating a fragmented, hallucinogenic version of the moments he's experienced. His previous work was a series of portraits of chickens, plucked nude or dressed in revealing bathing suits, but always turned away from us while looking back, craning their necks, reminiscent of the well crafted pose of the young ingénue posing for her admiring fans. Noremac’s work deals with the relationship between the entertainer and their devotees, while somehow capturing what is sacred in that exchange.
Yarg Noremac was born in 1981 in Eckonförde, Germany. He attended the prestigious Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany and graduated in 2007. Normac currently lives and works in Los Angeles.