INGRAM GALLERY | October 2019
Rachel Berman (1946-2014) is one of Canada's most beloved and fearless figurative artists. The empathic artist studied humanity in its most elemental state, not leaning on frills or the sensational to buffer truth. Her work offers voice to figures on the margins of society with a consummate authenticity and grace.
Still Travelling runs from October 5 until October 25 and brings attention to numerous works on paper and canvas that exemplify Berman's acute capacity as an artist and observer of life.
In this issue of Ingram Art News we see further information about Still Travelling, Jane Everett's upcoming Slipstream solo exhibition, and other animating developments relating to the artists we work alongside.
But your wife, said she | Yorkville, Toronto
(2009) 5.5 x 6.25 inches
mixed media on recycled book cover
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RACHEL BERMAN (1946-2014)
October 5 - 25 . 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, October 5 | 2pm - 4pm
Still Travelling provides an insightful look into Rachel Berman's profound and lifelong exploration of the human condition through her poignant art making. The collection contains a cross section of pieces that highlight the artist's working process in a variety of scales, some of which are being introduced for the first time. From small works on paper to large-scale oils, the exhibition illustrates Berman's raw and exquisite painterly skill as well as how she lived in a constant state of creation.
Berman's existential and timeless works have been discussed alongside topics of German Expressionism, Mannerist figuration, and artists such as Egon Schiele, Käthe Kollwitz, and Francis Bacon. Without formal training, Berman's poetic and discerning use of allusion suggest her connection to Old Master and Metaphysical works as well as the strong literary influence of Modernism and Theatre of the Absurd.
RACHEL BERMAN Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow (2003) 32 x 27 inches, oil on linen
"I suppose that knowing that one stands for something is knowing that one stands apart."
- Rachel Berman
RACHEL BERMAN Study for: Alfa and Omega (2001) 5.25 x 9.25 inches, graphite
Modest and minimal, Berman produced art in every aspect of her life with monastic commitment. She was born in the United States in the 1940s and raised under the adopted name of Susan King until her early fifties where she discovered, and reclaimed, her birth name. She began exhibiting her work in 1971 and lived in a variety of places in her adventurous and art-centric life. Travelling extensively, Berman spent time in New York, San Francisco, Dublin, London, Morocco, Toronto, and Victoria. Her works are ardently collected and venerated among artists, collectors, and art lovers around the globe. Berman frequently signed off correspondences with the phrase 'still traveling'.
Please visit the gallery for the opening reception of Still Travelling on October 5 from 2pm to 4pm and contact us for a catalogue of works in the exhibition.
RACHEL BERMAN The Particular sadness of Honeycake (2010) 6.5 x 8 inches, watercolour
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November 2 - 21 . 2019
Artist's opening celebration: Saturday, November 2 | 2pm - 4pm
Jane Everett's Slipstream runs from November 2 - 21 and presents a phenomenal collection of new oils straight from the artist's studio. Fractured light and multifaceted reflections are captured with breathtaking movement as Everett articulates the moments following outbursts of energy in our environments. This body of work further deepens the artist's attraction to the liminal spaces in which we exist; each piece explores our connection to the fleeting moment of the now, living under the inertia of the past while we move closer to an undefined future.
"In this series, as in most of my work, the landscape is a jumping off point searching for the always out of reach, just round the next bend destination, that propels us forward."
- Jane Everett
JANE EVERETT Firepond III (2019) 16 x 20 inches, oil on board
Jane Everett's studio was recently profiled in Hyperallergic's A View From the Easel, where the artist discusses her workspace of 25 years. Everett has recently built a new space and we also look forward to learning about this customized work environment.
Please save the date for the opening reception of Slipstream on Saturday, November 2 from 2pm to 4pm where we will be joined by Everett travelling from Kelowna, B.C.
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The studio of Jessica Levman (above) has also been profiled in Hyperallergic's A View From the Easel, where her magnificent Toronto workspace is spotlighted. In the artist's eloquent words, "There are two skylights that flood the space with natural light; the light allows for detailed work and illuminates the transparency of many of the supports that I use."
Travis Shilling's Tyrannosaurus Clan takes place from October 18, 2019 until February 8, 2020 in Vermont at Burlington City Arts (BCA). This exhibition presents the artist's first public solo exhibition in the United States and the collection of works advance Shilling's "deeply narrative tableaus that evoke the interaction between modern humanity and the natural world." The opening reception for Tyrannosaurus Clan will be attended by Travis Shilling and members of Ingram Gallery's team on Friday, October 25 from 5pm until 7pm at BCA.
At the time of writing, Ryan Dineen is in studio producing a number of new works including a recently finished large-scale depiction of the iconic Flatiron Building in Toronto.
We look forward to seeing you at the gallery for the opening reception of Rachel Berman's Still Travelling on October 5 between 2pm and 4pm and please contact us for a catalogue of works in the collection and any other queries. Happy travels!
All best wishes,