PAT BERGER



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PAT BERGER
March 2 - 30, 2002
Special Preview: March 2, 4-6PM
Opening Reception, Sunday, March 3, 3-5pm

L.A. Artcore Center at Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles 90012
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At the core of all of Pat Berger’s work is her unrelenting desire to see the truth about things, whether it is through social criticism, personal tragedy or simply observing nature. She states: “I am a realist. My work alternates between nature and social commentary.”

Born in New York in 1929, Pat Berger moved to Los Angeles when she was ten years old. She attended Art Center where she studied with Ed Reep. She also studied privately with Sam Amato, Richard Rubens, John Altoon and others. She began to exhibit in 1959 earning her first solo show in 1959 at Gallery Rico in Venice.

Since that time she has had over 25 solo shows California and her work has been in numerous national group exhibitions. At the beginning of her career, Berger could be considered a narrative painter. She worked with Millard Sheets on several murals. She did many studies of people on the beaches and in parks noting in particular their isolation and alienation. These studies later came to fruition in her much acclaimed series "No Place to Go: Homeless in America." Berger says,“I was teaching in downtown Los Angeles. In, I think it was 1984, we had the Tent City here over the Christmas Holidays and I went to see it. I thought, ‘Maybe I can do some consciousness-raising.’” She spent the following 10 years chronicling the homeless.

During this same time Berger liked to retreat to nature. This pendulum swing between figurative studies and painting plant life is present throughout her career. She became fascinated with nature, taking many photographs of plant shadows and the play of light on various plant forms. Out of this inspiration came "Land with Flowers and Cactus." Her paintings swung back to figurative studies in a series titled "Women in the Old and New Testaments," and another series titled "The Senior Citizens." In some cases her plant studies combine with the figurative as in the biblical paintings. Here Berger tried to inter-relate the women with a flower or tree of some symbolic value. Berger had done intensive research to these ends. Beyond that, women and plants both show the nurturing side of life, which may lend a key to understanding her entire oeuvre.

In March 2002 Pat Berger will be exhibiting her experience with nature once again. These particular paintings are lavish studies of plants and flowers from the rain forests of Costa Rica. She paints with acrylic and watercolor covering the surface with all forms of leaves twigs, and colorful blossoms but don’t be deceived. These paintings are not simple studies of nature.

Pat Berger creates patterns that reveal a deeper understanding of nature and our relation to it.



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