Jamie Berlant

Artist Statement

The methods and materials may change from piece to piece when I make my work, but they are congruent in their darkness, humor, and intent.

 

I have worked as an employee in many museums most of my working career ranging from Natural History museums to Art museums in Chicago, New York, and now Austin. The way they display objects to try to explain much larger concepts in simple terms is a direct reflection on our need to subjugate, identify, and catalog our world around us. I often use museum display methods as part of my work to try to simplify and catalog complex psychological, emotional, and intangible feelings. The source of my work is simple; love, death, family dynamics, and the power plays that develop from these multilayered social interactions. I capture the frailty of life and the body, but try to show it in a humorous light. Much as Magritte imparts with his painting, “This is not a pipe”; these sculptures are not realistic representations, but are images of intrinsic human psychology.

EDUCATION:

 

 

1997           The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
                    BFA in Sculpture, Chicago, IL

1993           Hermitage Group of Painters 

                    Study Program in St Petersburg, Russia

 

1993           Idyllwild Arts Academy

                    Visual Arts, Idyllwild, California

 

 

EXHIBITIONS:

 

 

2010           Gallery Project Ann Arbor, MI 

                    Politics of Fear

                    Group Exhibition

 

                    Gallery Project Ann Arbor, MI

                    Animal Farm

                    Group Exhibition

 

2008         Do Right Hall Marfa, TX

                    Semblance of Control
                    Solo Exhibition

                     A.I.R. Gallery New York, NY

                    Wish You Were Here, 2008
                    Group Exhibition

 

2005-        FAO Schwarz New York, NY

2004          Artisan Workshop
                    Group Exhibition

 

2002         The Enchanted Forest in SOHO New York, NY

                    Thump. Wallop. Whack. Wham!- Shhhh

                    Monsters Invade SOHO’s Enchanted Forest
                    Solo Exhibition

 

1998           Evanston Arts Center Chicago, IL

                    14th Biennial Juried Exhibition
                    Group Exhibition

 

1997           Contemporary Art Workshop Chicago, IL

                    New Talent
                    Group Exhibition

 

                    White Tower Building Chicago, IL

                    Group Exhibition

 

1997-          Todd Gallery Idyllwild, CA

1993            Solo Exhibition and Group Exhibitions

 

1993           Francine Ellman Gallery Los Angeles, CA 
                    Group Exhibition

 

1992            Standard Brands Gallery San Diego, CA 
                    Group Exhibition

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Jamie
Berlant