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“Small Works” featured at AFA Gallery, NYC through the Holidays


SMALL WORKS

Free and Open to Public this Holiday Season

Reception: Thursday Dec 7, 6-9pm
Dec 7 – Jan 1, 2018 |54 Greene St. SoHo | 212-226-7344

United in their scale, the featured artworks from thirty different artists around the world, explore the variation in style, concept, and technical approach present in contemporary painting, drawing, and sculpture. The exhibition, curated by Michael J. Ruple (Gallery Director), features new works by Michael Alan, Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Sergio Barrale, Casey Baugh, Rick Berry, Troy Brooks, Bill Carman, Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Kelly Denato, Rose Freymouth-Frazier, Gris Grimly, Justin Hopkins, Jared Joslin, Jessica Joslin, Robert LaDuke, Chris Leib, David Lipson, Francis Livingston, Alessandra Maria, Pierre Matter, Caitlin T. McCormack, Kathie Olivas, Marc Scheff, Steven Skollar, Pol Turgeon, Hannah Yata, and more.

Rick is proud to be exhibiting 6 works along side this all star cast. We hope you’ll have a chance to stop by before the year’s end. Thank you.

“Kitsune Takes the Bet” in San Francisco

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“Kitsune Takes The Bet”, 2015 by Rick Berry, oil on canvas,  20″ x 20″

Storybook… Best Remembered Stories
Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco
April 25 to May 9, 2015

Rick has an abiding interest in shape-shifters — across all cultures, past and future. Rick is the son of an Air Force pilot and so was raised in a kind of moveable feast of surreal fighter base communities, populated by people with stories from, well, everywhere. His father, fluent in Mandarin, was stationed in China in the late 40’s (as the Communist Revolution climaxed, engaged in a rescue mission, Rick’s father was the first, and only, person to land a plane in the Forbidden City!).

His parents collected art extensively throughout Asia. As such, Rick grew up surrounded by art and tales of China, Japan, the Philippines and elsewhere. Stories of Kitsune, a fox spirit, are part of this. It so happens that his friend (and sometimes collaborator) Neil Gaiman wrote a “new” folklore involving a kitsuné and a monk— Sandman: The Dream Hunters. A beautiful bedtime reading aloud for children. (We had three small ones then; all grown now, meme’s hopefully installed.)
 
The process of this painting is a story of shape-shifting itself. Beneath it’s surface are several paintings until Kitsune emerged…

For sales information, contact kim@Modern Eden.com (415)956-3033.

Phil Hale’s “Life Wants to Live”

A great weekend in NYC (away from shoveling in Boston) to attend the opening reception of PHIL HALE’s solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. His new work is outstanding! It’s an impressive, thought provoking show. Ends March 21st so get there if you can!

We were happy to see many friends, and delighted to visit with Phil and his family. We’ve known each other a long time now, since Phil was apprenticed to Rick from age 16-18 and I watched as they quickly became collaborators. They last shared a studio in England (1986) and in Italy, 2009, they were the subject of a museum installation titled “Parallel Evolution.” where they once again collaborated live in front of a packed house.

At Jonathan LeVine Gallery, I found it interesting to notice that decades after sharing studios, an ocean apart, and each working his own method, Rick and Phil seem to be arriving separately at a similar mission. Each is examining “the instability and uncertainty that characterize our era” – yet with conclusions evolving in distinct directions. You’ll have a peek at Phil’s paintings in these camera shots but I hope you’ll check the gallery site if you are unable to see the originals. Enjoy!

Berry Interview following talk at MIT about Vision, Cognition, Making and Viewing Good Art

After this standing-room-only lecture by Rick titled “LET ART THINK”, Oleg Brodskiy at Boston Festival of Independent Games, interviewed Rick.

Rick talks about Art as Frontier. He answers questions about  the “other consciousness I call the monster” How and why do you want to release it to think with art – triggering the high processing values of which the mind is capable.  He explains “using art to see” by scribbling and reacting to layed down shapes and random patterns, examining for phenomena. He discusses collaborative mind and tells us how “just this and no more” meaningfully connects artist and viewer.

Thanks for taking a look. Your comments are welcome. 

Thank You

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…with “To Absent Friends…” Oil from CABARET set, starring Amanda Palmer, produced by American Repertory Theater, Cambridge

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We had a wonderful time at the recent reception for Spectrum’s Fantastic Art show at NY Society of Illustrators. This was the third Spectrum exhibition and Rick’s been privileged to have work selected for each. We appreciate the honor of being included with so many great artists and all the work Spectrum and the Society do to make it such a great show. A special thanks to the collector and his family for loaning this silver award winning painting for the duration.  We enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones.  Lucky us, a night in Manhattan is always fun!
Best wishes to everyone,  from Sheila & Rick 

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“Frost” by Rick Berry, Spectrum Exhibition 2009
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“Mr. Munshun” by Rick Berry, Spectrum 2005 from Stephen King’s “Black House”

 

Rick Berry in Spectrum Exhibition, NYC

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We are pleased to announce Rick Berry’s Silver Award Winner,“To Absent Friends” is on view in the popular Spectrum Exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration, September 2 – Oct 18
Created for the set of CABARET, starring Amanda Palmer and produced by the American Repertory Theater, “To Absent Friends” is on loan through the generosity of a private collector.

Please join us at the Opening Reception:  
Friday Sept 12th 6:30 – 9, open to all
NY Society of Illustrators 
125 East 63rd St. NYC