Almost Illuminated:Edward Bernstein is a retrospective of work created during Professor Bernstein’s tenure as artist and educator at Indiana University from 1991-2013. It is shown at the Grunwald Gallery, Hope School of Art Fine Arts, January 17-February 14, 2014. Hours12-4 Tuesday-Saturday. Ed will give a short Gallery talk at 5:30 January 17 prior to the Opening Reception 6:00- 8:00pm
“My work is prefaced on ideas using object, history and memory. Though centered in print-media, this retrospective includes sculpture and mixed media drawing.
Common threads include dramatic play of light and dark; references to and reverence for historical Western art, particularly Italian, within a contemporary post-modern context which hopefully adds timelessness, irony, and on occasion, humor. I like to work from 3 into 2 dimensions, often with direct or indirect references to important socio-political issues usually using photo based imagery from specific places where I have traveled and lived, as well as objects I have seen or made.
Because I am interested in the interface between technology and tradition both aesthetics and technique, I am continually pushing the boundaries of printmaking.