Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin (The Writing on the Wall): Recent Paintings by Andrew Berg
Singer Gallery at the MACC
February 19 -
April 15 extended to April 29, 2012
- Opening Reception: Sunday, February 19 from 3-5 pm
- Gallery Talk “Artist and Curator in Conversation" is scheduled for Sunday, March 11 at 3pm
- Review by Westword's Michael Paglia: Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin honors the opening of the Clyfford Still Museum
Andrew Berg - photos by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org
Michele Mosko and curator Simon Zalkind
(from the press release)
The Singer Gallery, 350 South Dahlia St.in Denver, CO, in collaboration with Michele Mosko Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of Andrew Berg’s recent works at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s Singer Gallery.
Over the last few years Berg, who resides in Golden, Colorado, has achieved wide-spread recognition, both in the art community as well as among astute collectors, for his sumptuous and haunting abstract paintings. Berg’s paintings are informed by a remarkable range of art-historical influences. One can easily discern in them a debt to abstract expressionism, color-field painting, surrealist automatism, as well as to the raw, brutish intensity of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat. While he has clearly absorbed the last 60 years of American art, Berg’s paintings are fresh and revelatory, remarkable in their capacity to express the inexpressible and to reconcile the opposing qualities of action and contemplation, raucous cacophony and deep silence.
Apart from their allusions to art-historical movements and figures, Berg’s paintings are animated by the artist’s immersion in the archetypal depth psychology of Carl Jung. Art critic Stephanie Grilli astutely observes “Surrendering to the creative process, Berg taps into what Carl Jung described as ‘the play instinct acting from inner necessity.’ “ His Jungian studies and practice led Berg to a variety of spiritual and esoteric traditions. Kabbalistic mysticism, medieval hermeticism, and classical mythologies are evident in the paintings’ mysterious capacity to speak directly, immediately and joyfully to our own quest for “wholeness” and a life authentically lived.
The exhibition’s title is taken from one of the paintings in the exhibition which in turn derives from the biblical story of Daniel – specifically Daniel 1-28). “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin” were words written by a mysterious hand which appeared on the wall of King Belshazzar’s palace during a sumptuous banquet in which the King and his guests were drinking wine from the golden vessels they had ransacked from the Temple in Jerusalem. Unable to decipher the inscription, the King sent for Daniel. Daniel explained that the king had been “weighed” and found wanting by God and that as a result his Kingdom would be conquered and divided among the Medes and the Persian. The phrase “The writing on the wall” has come to mean that an ominous and violently rupturing event is inevitable.
Andrew Berg is represented by Michele Mosko Fine Art http://www.michelemoskofineart.com
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photos by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org
Mizel Arts and Culture Center
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 - 4:00 PM