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Preview, Consequences, Rita Bernstein, Rose Lehrman Art Gallery, Harrisburg, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 16, 2016 at 6:55 am
Rita Bernstein Jordan and Ingrid Photograph

Rita Bernstein, Jordan and Ingrid

Photographer and artist Rita Bernstein recently held a lecture and reception for pieces of her art at the Rose Lehrman Gallery, in Harrisburg, PA.

I began to make art in earnest after leaving a rewarding career as a civil rights lawyer.  I had, at that time, two young children to whom I was tethered and, in my first body of work, I explored the sorrows as well as the sweetness of family life, and the ambivalence that shadows intimate relationships.  My subjects were often young people, though it was never my intention to examine childhood specifically.  Rather, I was interested more broadly in the complexities of the human psyche and I found the uninhibited behavior of children to be a rich source of clues to the personal and social dramas with which we also struggle as adults.

As I continued as an artist, I was increasingly inspired by materials and process and I began to make mixed media works on handmade paper. These works are less representational than my several  earlier series, but they share a similar undertow of tension and mystery, and a preoccupation with the imperfect, the messy, the raw, and the vulnerable.

I live and work in Philadelphia and New York, and spend my summers at a family cottage in rural northern Pennsylvania.

 

For fans of Bernstein’s work, the gallery will have works on display until April 1st, 2016

For More Information: Rose Lehrman Gallery

Preview: Rita Bernstein, Holiday Show & Art Sale, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 7, 2015 at 11:45 am
Sliding Pond, Rita Bernstein

Sliding Pond, Rita Bernstein

Rita Bernstein will be amongst colleagues and other alumni for the holiday festivities of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

The mission of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists is to coordinate a strong regional support system for visual artists, to advance the careers of professional artists in the region, to promote relationships between artists and the communities in which they live, and to increase access to and promote interest and understanding of visual art among citizens of the community.

About Rita Bernstein:

I began to make art in earnest after leaving a rewarding career as a civil rights lawyer. I had, at that time, two young children to whom I was tethered and, in my first body of work, I explored the sorrows as well as the sweetness of family life, and the ambivalence that shadows intimate relationships.       My subjects were often young people, though it was never my intention to examine childhood specifically.  Rather, I was interested more broadly in the complexities of the human psyche and I found the uninhibited behavior of children to be a rich source of clues to the personal and social dramas with which we also struggle as adults.

As I continued as an artist, I was increasingly inspired by materials and process and I began to make mixed media works on handmade paper. These works are less representational than my several earlier series, but they share a similar undertow of tension and mystery, and a preoccupation with the imperfect, the messy, the raw, and the vulnerable.

The show and sale is now open to the public until January 15th, 2016, Monday – Friday, 11am-5pm.

For More Information: The Center for Emerging Visual Artists

For More Information: Rita Bernstein

 

 

 

Preview: Diffusion Magazine 5 Year Retrospective, Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on February 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Homecoming, Rita Bernstein, Mixed Media on Handmade Paper

Homecoming, Rita Bernstein, Mixed Media on Handmade Paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone inhabiting, or with a taste for the southwest, might be keen to head to Santa Fe, New Mexico to catch this retrospective, featuring some of our favorite up and coming photographers and mix media artists. The exhibit looks promising to fans of the unconventional, aligning with Diffusion and Verve’s mantras.

Diffusion is an independent, contributor- and reader-supported annual publication that highlights and celebrates unconventional photographic processes and photo-related artwork. The publication spotlights artists who push the boundaries of traditional photographic processes and introduce new and innovative voices through articles, interviews and image galleries.

VERVE, established in 2003, has a well earned reputation of being the leading purveyor of the very best there is in every genre of contemporary fine art photography. Verve’s artists are worldwide and so are VERVE’S patrons. All of VERVE’S artists are at work creating masterpieces in documentary, figure studies, still life, landscape, conceptual, experimental, photomontage, and alternative process photography.

Now through April 26, with a reception on March 7th, 5-7 pm

For More Information: VERVE Gallery.

Preview: Photoencaustics at Galerie BMG,Woodstock, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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Two of our favorites Hope Kahn and Rita Bernstein are among featured artists at Gallerie BMG.

Encaustic is an ancient Greek medium, using wax to add translucent layers which alter and transform the original image. The artists included in this group exhibition start with fine art photography as the original medium and combine it with the encaustic process, each one employing their own distinctive techniques of painting, etching, drawing and collage to create their unique, one-of-a-kind images.

The exhibition will include Leah Macdonald’s sensuous narratives of women, Rita Bernstein’s dream-like explorations of the complex mysteries of the human psyche, botanical compositions by Christa Kreeger Bowden, portraits by Hope Kahn, and photomontage landscapes by Kara Taylor.

Now Through February 11

For more information: BMG

On Site: Rita Bernstein “Ghost of Summer”, Gallery 339, Philadelphia

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on November 29, 2010 at 10:27 am

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Rita Bernstein, Bathers

In a striking exhibit of print making skill and sensitivity, Rita Bernstein shows off her talent in unexpected images she titles “Ghost of Summer”.

The images are varied, well composed “snapshots” that take on an ethereal and sometimes eerie mood at her hand.

The scale and intimacy of these remarkable photographs belie the complexity and daring of Bernstein’s work.  Her images walk a delicate tightrope; they evoke a sense of memory and of keenly felt private thoughts, yet their poignancy is controlled and perfectly modulated by their austerity and ambiguity.  They are tender and mysterious, yet never stray into the sentimental.  Bernstein further explores this dichotomy of heart versus mind through her print-making process, which demands a high level of skill yet remains uncertain and serendipitous.  The process involves liquid silver emulsion applied to delicate Japanese Gampi paper.  With the fragility of the paper, it is impossible to produce a flawless print or make a print that is identical to an earlier one.

Great photographs, each unique, that present their subjects in an artful manner.

Now through January 29, 2011.

For more information: Rita Bernstein: Ghost of Summer

Also check out the companion exhibit: Martine Fougeron: After Prom

And visit Gallery 339 exhibit in Miami: Agua 10