Website

www.JohnGBerry.com

 

Exhibitions

Keep ‘em Coming: A Gallery Group Show, June 3 – 25, 2011

FOG: A Spring Group Show, April 1 – May 1, 2010

Level 1: Stage 1, December 3, 2009 – January 30, 2010

Art Club, September 3 – 26, 2009

 

Statement

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.

 

Biography

John Berry received an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI. His work has been exhibited across the country including SoFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN; Big Car Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR; Carr Haus Gallery, Providence, RI; Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI; Empty Set Project Space, Pittsfield, MA; Last Minute Gallery, Northampton, MA; Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

MFA, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 2009
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI 2004

Solo Exhibitions

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