Tony Berlant is critically renowned for his intricately patterned, obsessively constructed metal collage wall works and sculptures. Developed in the 1960s, his signature style of combining cutout printed metal elements on two and three-dimensional surfaces and nailing them down with steel brads has allowed Berlant to explore an array of compositional structures and methodologies throughout his career. Long influenced by the natural environment, Berlant’s newest body of work uses photographic imagery of lush, wooded landscapes and organic patterns as the basis for each work.
Ranging from subtle interventions to densely packed visual riots of patterning, Berlant’s wall works and sculptures reveal his adeptness in both maximal approaches and restrained compositional interventions. In works like Topanga, Night Bloom, and Pond, Berlant lets the underlying imagery stand on its own, with a minimal layering of additional elements. In The High Ground, When God Was A Woman, Song, and Hat in the Ring, Berlant goes in the opposite direction, creating the final image by layering brightly colored, richly patterned elements and introducing fields of hexagonally shaped cut-outs across their surfaces. Also included in the exhibition will be a pair of rectangular box sculptures, smaller wall works that hang perpendicular to the wall, and newly created “house boxes”, the iconic objects for which Berlant is well known.
Originally from New York, Berlant received his M.F.A. from UCLA in 1963.
Tony Berlant: High Ground
Exhibition Dates: April 13 – June 1, 2019
Reception for the artist: Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 4pm – 6pm; Artist talk: 4:30pm
Brian Gross Fine Art
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103