A Retrospective of 20 Years of Roland Bernier

Walker Fine Art

June 8th - July 21st, 2007

Back Gallery features Bill Burgess (Steel Sculptures) and Corvo Brothers (Photography)

Read the Mary Chandler RMN review
of the exhibit

Open First Friday, July 6th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Roland Bernier

Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204



‘A Retrospective: 20 years of Roland Bernier’

Denver, CO - Walker Fine Art presents ‘A Retrospective: 20 years of Roland Bernier’ featuring mixed media sculpture and wall reliefs by Roland Bernier. The back gallery will host steel sculpture by Bill Burgess and photography by the Corvo Brothers. The opening reception will be held on Friday, June 8th, 2007 from 6-9pm at the gallery in the Prado building on 11th & Cherokee Streets in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. The reception is free and open to the public, and the artists will be in attendance. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, July 21st, 2007 during regular gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, and First Fridays of each month, 6-9pm, or by appointment. For further information call 303-355-8955, or visit www.walkerfineart.com.

‘A Retrospective: 20 years of Roland Bernier’–Denver artist ROLAND BERNIER presents work from the last two decades of his five decade career. The back gallery will feature a mélange of works by the Corvo Brothers and Bill Burgess. Burgess has been lauded and recognized most recently for his forty-foot fountain, Continuum, which will be dedicated in the America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs, CO on June7, 2007.

ROLAND BERNIER has been experimenting and working with words in art since the early 1960’s. He holds a B.F.A from the University of Texas, and an M.F.A from the University of Southern California. Bernier has been featured in both regional and national contemporary exhibitions, including: “Decades of Influence,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2006), “Insights,” Phoenix Gallery, NY, NY, (2005), Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus GA, 2001-2002, “Between the Lines,” Denver Art Museum, 2001, and 1 Man Show, David Gallery, Houston, TX. Additionally, Bernier has taught at several higher educational and fine arts institutions, such as The University of Houston and Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Artists Statement

“To say in words what words can not say.” Victor Zuckerkandl

I began using words in my art in the early 1960’s in Houston, Texas. I am still using and experimenting with words to this day.

Initially I felt I had to break down the barriers of making sense by just listing words taken at random from the dictionary and putting them on canvas and board sometimes by themselves, at other times with designed or familiar images in which the words were covered. The idea of taking the word out of context opened a new visual world for me. I continue to experiment with words, looking for and creating new relationships between the form of the word and a variety of images.

Many of the pieces have specific references both verbal and visual. I often purposely use clichés and combine them with imagery from various sources (i e. designs and photographs that are Xeroxed). The pictures and title combine to re-invent the cliché for the viewer. Over time and repeated readings, unexpected connections and narratives are made.

To me, making art is chancy and uncertain; but these are also essential ingredients for a determined innovative approach to art. This attitude led me to the technique of cutting words out of wood and creating word relief pictures as well as 3-dimensional word sculptures. Some of these pieces are covered in Xerox text or images while others are painted or I allowed the texture of the wood to help carry the idea of the piece.

Ideas can be re-used for a thousand variations supplying the framework for a whole body of work rather than just a single piece. I have tried to do work that is new and exciting. Using words in various ways is my primary interest and I hope to continue in this direction.