Inside Out

Painter Andy Berg, a resident artist at Ironton Studios, is presenting his latest creations in an exhibit there titled Rebirth of the Deity. Berg believes that his paintings originate in the deep recesses of his mind and that his actual brushstrokes are guided by forces unknown to him. This approach, called automatism, is associated with the abstract expressionists, but Berg says his work is also different from most artists who work in this style. “I don’t want to call myself an abstract expressionist,” Berg says, “but I think that Pollock and those guys in the ’50s were really on to something.”

This recent batch of paintings — thirteen in all — are somewhat different from his previous work, reflecting Berg’s ever-evolving process. “I’m experimenting with an inner dialogue, and I’m amazed at what’s inside me,” he says. “Painting is for self-discovery, pushing the envelope of human consciousness, pushing what we call life.”

Berg must be in a good place mentally, because his hypnotic relationship with pigment has resulted in some very cheery and lyrical paintings. Share in the glow tonight at Ironton Studios and Gallery, 3636 Chestnut Place, during an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, go to www.irontonstudios.com.
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Starts: Aug. 5. Continues through Aug. 31, 2011

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
Contact: Michael Paglia