We’re launching our Art Detour weekend with a Friday night reception for Lee Berger’s “Indispensable Dispensables- lessons still to be learned” exhibition.
Berger senses that life has become a battle for health, sanity, purpose, and value amidst systems that hydrogenate, frack, exploit, and ceaselessly digitize. The world is littered with the results of these collective decisions and processes, and our souls and psyches mirror this environment. Berger is using his art to provide another point of reflection.
These works speak to this relationship in both subject and material, employing symbolic imagery, as well as the detritus of Berger’s life: eggshells, tin cans, tea leaves, mesquite pods, espresso beans– all crushed and sifted to be adhered to the canvas as the surface for his paintings (some of which are 4’x4′).
With their inquiry into consumption, consumerism, and human behavior, Berger’s series of mixed media paintings are an intriguing thematic complement to Phoenix Art Museum’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable Andy Warhol event, so be sure to hit both Central Avenue locales tonight!
“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.” – Andy Warhol
“Indispensable dispensables – lessons to still be learned”
Exhibition March 1st-31st, 2015
Reception: First Friday, March 6th, from 7-9