Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Installation view of Pablo and Efrain, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, 2015

Press Release

Press Release

Katherine Bernhardt: Pablo and Efrain
September 9 - October 24, 2015
Opening: Saturday, September 9th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

VENUS
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075

(New York, NY) – VENUS is pleased to present Pablo and Efrain, an exhibition of new work by painter Katherine Bernhardt, on view beginning September 9, 2015. The exhibition’s title is a nod to the twin artists behind the collective Poncili Creacion, whom the artist met during a recent residency in Puerto Rico. “It’s all about Puerto Rico, so it’s fruit, sharks, water, sea turtles, all tropical,” notes Bernhardt.

For Pablo and Efrain, Bernhardt depicts items both specific to the lush landscape of Puerto Rico and her personal affinity for novel and mundane commodities, such as cigarettes, headphones, sharpies and keyboards. In an outpouring of her own experience and imagination, Bernhardt embeds this hodgepodge of loosely rendered objects within a vibrant color field, creating an imprecise pattern. First sketched on the canvas in a stream of consciousness, the elements are then outlined with spray paint and filled-in with thinned acrylic in an all-in-one-shot technique. Self-aware of her mix of the classical and kitsch, Bernhardt exemplifies the quotidian in a whimsical, gestural style.

Alongside her fine art practice, Bernhardt and her husband Youssef Jdia co-founded Magic Flying Carpets, a website and pop-up supporting and maintaining the weaving traditions of the rural Berber women of Morocco, whose patterning often serve as inspiration for Bernhardt’s compositions. In a similar gesture, Bernhardt will cover the gallery floor with coffee bags sourced from Puerto Rico, fastened together to create a burlap rug over the concrete.

Bernhardt’s solo exhibition at the Manhattan gallery follows FRUIT SALAD, a mural covering the exterior wall of the newly opened Venus Over Los Angeles in DTLA. Unveiled on July 26, the massive colorful still-life is the artist’s first public work.
 

ABOUT KATHERINE BERNHARDT

Katherine Bernhardt (b. 1975, St Louis, MO) has exhibited her work internationally and throughout the United States, with recent exhibitions at China Art Objects, Los Angeles; CANADA, New York; Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Loyal Gallery, Malmo, Sweden; and Carbon12, Dubai, UAE. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Carl Freedman Gallery, London, UK. Katherine Bernhardt holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For further information about the exhibition and availability, please contact the gallery at info@venusovermanhattan.com

For all press inquiries related to the exhibition, please email press@venusovermanhattan.com

Katherine Bernhardt Cantaloupe and Toilet Paper, Café Mallorca
Katherine Bernhardt Jungle Office
Katherine Bernhardt Jungle Food
Katherine Bernhardt Jungle Snack
Katherine Bernhardt Mr. Coffee, Papaya, and Cigarettes
Katherine Bernhardt Plantains, Bananas, Doritos, and Sharpies
Katherine Bernhardt Reef
Katherine Bernhardt Sea Turtles, Sharpies, and Tostones
Katherine Bernhardt Sharks, Plantains, and Cigarettes
Katherine Bernhardt Sharks, Toilet Paper, and Plantains
Katherine Bernhardt Swimming with Sharks
Katherine Bernhardt The Gallery Inn
Katherine Bernhardt Tropical Unisex
Katherine Bernhardt Turtles and Socks
Katherine Bernhardt Cig on Purple. Purple Gorgeous
Katherine Bernhardt Cigarette on Green
Katherine Bernhardt Smoking Cigarette on Black
Katherine Bernhardt 99 Cents
Katherine Bernhardt Bananas
Katherine Bernhardt Cigarette
Katherine Bernhardt Bananas
Katherine Bernhardt Great Whites
Katherine Bernhardt Toucan
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