“In Stillness This Fiction Is Real” by Megan Berk at Recession Art
Opening September 7, 6-10 pm On View Thru October 6 Gallery Hours Th-Sat 1-7 pm, Sun 1-5 pm In Stillness This Fiction is Real, Megan Berk’s second solo show at Recession Art, includes new paintings, prints and sculptural objects by the artist. Berk draws on personal photographs, movie stills, clippings from home & garden magazines, as well some of her earliest memories to create works that present an imperfect encounter with grace. Berk states, ‘It is very difficult to find a way to talk about the problems with beauty. It seems better to try to present something of beauty and let the problems show themselves. Beauty is complicated, and coming face-to-face with those complications draws us further in, closer to its core.’ The works in the exhibition are related both formally and thematically. The subtly textured, organic surfaces of Berk’s layered paintings on panel are echoed in a new series of silkscreen prints, created with the generous support of the Lower East Side Printshop’s Keyholder Residency program. In both, Berk wrestles to capture the tension in the quietest moments in the home and garden. The Almost Nice Domestic Device series, Berk’s first exhibited sculptural work, collapses the artist’s investigation of the relationship between nature and architecture down to a playful, tabletop scale. Megan Berk was born in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute and has exhibited her work at Recession Art, Long Island University’s Salena Gallery, Silas Marder Gallery, Bowman/Bloom Gallery, Scope Art Fair and the German House of the German Consulate. Her work has been mentioned in the L Magazine, California Modern, Psychiana and the New York Times.