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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(figment), C-2 Gallery
Curated by Jon Cournoyer and Ashley Lauren Saks
featuring works by:
Marie-Claire Bozant
Jeff Charbonneau & Eliza French
Reeve Schumacher
Erika Somogyi
and
Paul Bob Velick, “FireWorks / A studio fire installed” , D-5 Gallery
Curated by Pierre Picot & Francesco Siequerios

February 17 – March 10, 2007
Opening reception:  Saturday, February 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Robert Berman Gallery
Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, C-2 & D-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 315-1937, Fax: (310) 315-9508
E-mail: berman@artnet.net
Web site: http://www.robertbermangallery.com
Gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm

Robert Berman Gallery presents (figment), a group show curated by Jon Cournoyer and Ashley Lauren Saks, featuring dreamy landscapes and imaginative worlds created by emerging artists from 4 cities across the country.
 
New York based artist Erika Somogyi uses fluorescent watercolors to explore themes of love, hope, transition, and uncertainty. Moody and ambiguous scenes are formed with naturalistic explosions color that stimulate the imagination. Reeve Schumacher is an artist representing Miami, using fabric, paint, and stains of color, layered with drawings and photographs. Delving into the depths of the subconscious, Reeve's work often addresses themes of metamorphosis and fantasy. Marie-Claire Bozant, based out of Austin, Texas, uses acrylic on canvas, painting phantasmagoric portraits of faces that melt away in pools of uncertainty.  Jeff Charbonneau & Eliza French are photographers from the Los Angeles area that have been collaborating together for the past 4 years. Their mysterious images are inspired by their personal dreams and visions, yet have a vague sense of familiarity that intrigues the viewer and leaves them wanting more.
 
Together, these artists provide a space and experience that will take you away from reality, into a (figment) of their imagination and your own. The show runs from February 17 – March 10 in Gallery C2 of Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, February 17th, 2007 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in gallery C2. Music and drinks will be provided.


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FireWorks is a multi-dimensional installation derived from the remains from the Santa Monica Studio fire of artist, Paul Bob Velick. The fire took place on December 10, 2006.  The show will feature an inspired selection and survey of surviving works from over 500 collected paintings, drawings, collages on wood, texts and photographs that were in the studio during the fire.  The work spans the years 1985 up to a few months before the fire in 2006.
 
The history and legacy of artist studio fires can be documented and has been known to include Norman Rockwell, Martin Puryear, Joe Goode, etc.
 
The emerging themes of the work focus on repeated facets and a captured acts pointing to, “My people, my town”  Mr. Bob depicts frenetic everymen and women who appear near over the edge as they race across town [Los Angeles] in automatic frenzies to consume, drive, talk on phones, mate, declare and engage in neighborly & worldly disputes only to go home and do all over again the next day.
 
The mediums are mostly water-based materials applied onto papers, wood, canvass and otheRobert Berman Gallery presents (figment), a group show curated by Jon Cournoyer and Ashley Lauren Saks, featuring dreamy landscapes and imaginative worlds created by emerging artists from 4 cities across the country.
 
New York based artist Erika Somogyi uses fluorescent watercolors to explore themes of love, hope, transition, and uncertainty. Moody and ambiguous scenes are formed with naturalistic explosions color that stimulate the imagination. Reeve Schumacher is an artist representing Miami, using fabric, paint, and stains of color, layered with drawings and photographs. Delving into the depths of the subconscious, Reeve's work often addresses themes of metamorphosis and fantasy. Marie-Claire Bozant, based out of Austin, Texas, uses acrylic on canvas, painting phantasmagoric portraits of faces that melt away in pools of uncertainty.  Jeff Charbonneau & Eliza French are photographers from the Los Angeles area that have been collaborating together for the past 4 years. Their mysterious images are inspired by their personal dreams and visions, yet have a vague sense of familiarity that intrigues the viewer and leaves them wanting more.
 
Together, these artists provide a space and experience that will take you away from reality, into a (figment) of their imagination and your own. The show runs from February 17 – March 10 in Gallery C2 of Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, February 17th, 2007 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in gallery C2. Music and drinks will be provided.




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