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Kimber Berry

American abstractionist Kimber Berry has captured the attention of the global art community over the past decade with her explosively colorful, visually dense, multi-dimensional canvases and intsallations. Often done on industrial materials, she masterfully integrates elements of the digital and pure paint. She takes great delight in creating a symphonic dance between the virtual world and the organic universe and challenges the viewer to discern between them.

Berry's universe is an ultra-world that exists within and without the time/space continuum. In one moment the viewer is taken beneath the ocean's surface into a kaleidoscopic world of color and form suggesting coral reefs. In the next instant we are taken outside of the earth's atmosphere and even into other dimensions - and back - at the speed of our perception. Kimber Berry's world is consummately informed by her childhood.

Originally from Los Angeles, Berry grew up surrounded by over-the-top advertising and the glitz of Hollywood. This background was the genesis that fueled her desire to explore the psychological experience of living in an over-stimulated society, constantly bombared by media noise. Her installations and paintings interlace, overlap and converge upon themselves in much the same manner of existing in multiple environments at once. The fluidity of paint and the brush stroke act as narrative tools to recreate the psychological compression of stimuli found in our society.

Berry creates simulated environments in which the observer can psychologically step within, creating an experience that engages the viewer on a deeper level. Moving beyond the rigid boundaries of painting distinctly within the edge of a canvas, Berry provides a fluid existence that allows her art to melt into, embed, connect, and disconnect, through the aspiration to fully engage a wall- essentially, becoming part of the space. Her paintings and installations exist in the psychological space between object and life, reality and illusion.

NOTE FROM THE ARTIST
Recently, I have been focusing on the brush stroke, both physical and illusion. The fluidity of paint has become my narrative.
My canvases are explorations of the painted surface, both through the traditional application of paint and the use of new technology. The semblance captured in the digitally altered photographs of paint, interlaced with the physical paint creates a dialogue between reality and illusion. I construct these hybrids of paint and digital, old and new, in a time when we effortlessly glide from the simulated environments of television and computers, back to our realities intermittently throughout the day.
We often exist within multiple environments simultaneously. My paintings interlace, overlap and converge upon themselves in much the same manner. With multiple realities co-existing and compressed into a single frame and experience- my symbolic deconstruction, defragmentation and reconstruction of paint and the brush stroke, are the reflections of a society in which we live.
By bringing together actual brush strokes with computer generated images of them, my paintings challenge our perception of what is real, and what is illusion. In doing so, I question and challenge the established conventions of paintings.

EDUCATION
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Master of Fine Art, 2001
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1998

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008 - "Liquid Landscapes", CSU Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA
2007 -"New Paintings", Studio K, Pomona, CA
2006 - “Paint!“, Gallery 825/LAAA, L.A., CA
2003 - Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001 - East Gallery, Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremont Graduate University, (site specific painting)
2000 - White Gallery, “light - paintings”, light installation, Claremont Graduate University
2000 - White Gallery, “light- environment”, light installation, Claremont Graduate University
1998 - Helen Lindhurst Gallery, “moments of mystery”, University of Southern California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 - "sketchbook project", MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC
2009 - Bridge Art Fair NY, Elisa Tucci Contemporary Art, NY
2009 - East Festival, AUGUST Art, Wharf Studios, East London, UK
2009 - "ARTRA", curated by Max Presneill, Venice, CA
2009 - "sketchbook project", MODA Museum of Design, Atlanta, GA
2008 - "Landscapes of the Mind", Bridge Art Fair Miami, Elisa Tucci Contemporary Art, NY
2008 - "In the Abstract", LAX/ Southwest Airlines Terminal, LA, CA
2008 - "Sum of Parts", dba256 Gallery, Pomona, CA
2008 - "New and Improved", Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2008 - "The American Lifescape", dba256 Gallery, Pomona, CA
2007 - "Pink Show", SOHO Myriad, Atlanta, GA
2007 - "Come out for art", Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
2006 - Oxnard College, “Hot Shots”, Oxnard, CA
2006 - Los Angeles County Museum of Art,( 4-person exhibition) Los Angeles, CA
2006 - “Consumerism & Product #2”, Gallery Revisited, Los Angeles, CA
2006 - “Biannual”, Gallery 825/LAAA- South/the Mike Napoliello Gallery
2006 - “Recent Acquisitions Exhibition “, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2006 - “Festimage”, Chaves, Portugal
2006 - “Gem “, Gallery 825/LAAA, L.A., CA
2005 - “Petite Works”,Gallery 825/LAAA at Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA
2005 - “2005 National Open Exhibition “, Long Beach Arts, CA
2005 - Riverside Art Museum, CA
2005 - San Diego Art Museum, CA
2005 - Laguna Beach Art Museum, CA
2005 - The Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA
2005 - “2005 L.A. exhibition “,Los Angeles Municipal Gallery & Eagle Rock Center For The Arts
2005 - “In the Abstract”, Gallery 825/LAAA, L.A., CA.
2004 - “Petite Works II”, Gallery 825/LAAA at Bergamont Station, CA
2004 - “The F-Stops Here”, Gallery 825/LAAA, CA
2004 - Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery, L.A ., CA
2004 - “Digitally Propelled Ideas”, CA State Polytechnic University, Pomona
2004 - “Winners Invitational Exhibition “, Long Beach Arts Gallery, CA
2004 - “Women’s Festival of the Arts”, Second City Council, Long Beach, CA
2004 - Huntington Beach Art Center, CA
2003 - “Open Show 2003”,Juror: Karin Higa, 825 gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 - Andrewshire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 - “Petite Works”, 825 Gallery at Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA
2003 - Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA
2003 - “And now a word from our sponsor”, Gallery 825/LAAA, L.A., CA
2003 - “The Lowe Gallery Invitational”, The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2003 - “America”, The Second City Council, Long Beach, CA
2003 - Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
2002 - “Formulations”, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
2002 - “Valedictories”, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2001 - Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University
2000 - “Felt”, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University
1999 - “Go-Between”, DA Art Center, Pomona, CA
1998 - Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California