Emily Berger is an abstract painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Chicago, she grew up in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Brown University, attended the Skowhegan School and received an MFA from Columbia University. She has been awarded several art residencies and exhibited widely, including in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, Colombia, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University , Kent State University in Ohio, and the National Academy Museum in New York City which awarded her the John Hultberg Memorial Prize for Painting. She is included in the American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, an exhibition currently traveling to university galleries around the country, as well as Blurring Boundaries: The Women of AAA, 1936-Present. Her work has been reviewed in several publications and is included in many private and public collections. One-person exhibitions include Rhythm and Light, at Walter Wickiser Gallery, and New Paintings, at Norte Maar Gallery, in 2017, and Marking Time at Scholes Street Studio, in 2018, all in New York City.

Artist Statement 

These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. I brush, wipe, rub, and scrape, incorporating the color, texture and pattern of the paper, linen or wood supports, concealing and revealing underlying layers in various states of transparency and solidity. I work with and against whatever happens as I work, painting from edge to edge or exposing areas of the surface to create shape. The rhythm and variety of the bands of paint create movement, broken symmetry and light. In my most recent work I continue to explore these themes with breaks in linearity and series of stuttering marks, and interruption of the rectangle as the image forms new relationships to the edge.
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