Level 1: Stage 1 comments on ideas of ambition, isolation, illusionary spaces and transcendence. The work draws on imagery from pre-renaissance landscapes, where space is determined more through the relationship of color and shapes than through volumetric forms. Berry integrates this with puzzles, mazes, forts and 8-bit video games, such as Super Mario Brothers and the original Zelda for Nintendo.
While exploring these vacant and disorienting landscapes, you start wondering where the hero of the game is, when you realize it must be you. As the hero of these worlds, what are you going to do? Who are you going to save? How many points are you going to get? With no obvious challenges or obstacles in front of you, finding the meaning of the challenge may just be the challenge itself.
I paint spaces of opposition. They often appear as vacant puzzles or forgotten video game levels. The painting’s superficial struggle is simply how to navigate the forms. Dead ends and red herrings, such as scraped paint, flat shapes, or drawn marks provide an elastic return to the surface of the painting. The work is a battleground for pictorial unity. It is a world of reduced information, an incomplete space in continual movement. They come from a childhood of make believe, forts, Nintendo and folklore.
There is an inescapable tension between the viewer and the paint. Paint is a chameleon antagonist, a stand in for many possible forces of opposition: Man versus Man, nature, self, or God.
MFA, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 2009
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI 2004
2009 Level 1: Stage 1, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 SoFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2009 New Work, Art Hospital, Bloomington, IN
2009 Works on Paper, Gallery Group, Bloomington, IN
2008 SoFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2006 The Mountain and The Garden, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA
2005 Small Works Invitational, Last Minute Gallery, Northampton, MA
2005 Works on Paper Invitational, Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA
2005 Last Minute Gallery, Northampton, MA
2005 Paper Show 2, Empty Set Project Space, Pittsfield, MA
2004 Temporary Collection, Hillel Foundation, Brown University, Providence, RI
2004 Across the Street, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
2004 Carr Haus Gallery, Providence, RI
2004 Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
2004 ISB Gallery, Providence, RI
2003 ISB Gallery, Providence, RI
2003 The Oldest Love in New Shapes, Carr Haus Gallery, Providence, RI