KATHERINE BERNHARDT
CONCRETE JUNGLE JUNGLE LOVE
04-28-17 - 09-28-17

KATHERINE BERNHARDT
 
CONCRETE JUNGLE JUNGLE LOVE
 
Lever House Art Collection, New York
 
28th April - 28th September, 2017
 
 
The Lever House Art Collection presents CONCRETE JUNGLE JUNGLE LOVE, a site-specific installation by New York based artist Katherine Bernhardt. The explosively colorful exhibition playfully fuses imagery and objects of modern culture with that of the tropics. The commission witnesses one of Bernhardt’s first departures from canvas, pulling motifs out of her paintings and giving audiences a unique three-dimensional experience of her work. A combination of acrylic and spray paint canvases, dyed interactive soft sculptures, and a concrete block plant installation, the show’s multi-medium elements serve as a whimsical juxtaposition to the modernist architecture of the space.
 
 
Bernhardt explains,"When constructing the show, I envisioned a giant fish bowl tank, with giant Jurassic objects, paintings, and soft sculptures. In this show, gigantism rules. You'll find giant gummy worm sculptures and giant paintings. The gummies could also be seen as giant paint strokes that have fallen out of the paintings. You can play on them or rest on them as well as admire the beauty of gummy worms. The painted walls, colored film windows, and painted concrete blocks, all encapsulate this colorful crazy concrete jungle. Similar to the botanical garden, these works are contained in their own glass bio-dome: The Lever House.  Welcome to the Jurassic terrarium."
Gigantism
           Terrarium
                      Jungle
                              Biodome
                                         Color
                                                Fish Tank
                                                            Jurassic
                                                                    Papayas
                                                                              Windex
                                                                                         Parrots
                                                                            Bananas
                                                                       Fruit
                                                      Watermelon
                                           Toothbrush
                                Gummies
                      Concrete    
          Ecosphere 
Biodome                                                                                                                                 Katherine Bernhardt, 2017               
 
 
The multi-layered show invites viewers to experience Bernhardt’s installation as a terrarium - from the exterior, or immerse oneself in her prodigious concrete jungle - from the interior. Her works draw inspiration from symbols of urban living and her travels in Oaxaca, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
 
Katherine Bernhardt is a Brooklyn based painter active in the New York art scene for over twenty years.  A graduate of both The Art Institute of Chicago and The School of Visual Arts in New York, Bernhardt is currently represented by CANADA in New York and Carl Freedman Gallery in London. In the past year, Bernhardt has had exhibitions at CAM in Saint Louis, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Xavier Hufkens in Brussels. In the coming months, Katherine’s work will be exhibited in group exhibitions at Brant Foundation and Hall Art Foundation. Bernhardt was honored at this year’s Hirshhorn gala.
 
Roya Sachs, Curator
 
KATHERINE BERNHARDT
All paintings are acrylic and spray paint on canvas
 
BREAKFAST IN OAXACA
60 x 72 inches
 
BRUSH YOUR TEETH
60 x 72 inches
 
GIANT JUNGLE OFFICE
120 x 240 inches
 
JUNGLE KARTELL
120 x 180 inches
 
OAXACA
120 x 168 inches
 
PAPAYAS IN OAXACA
60 x 72 inches
 
PINK PARROT
72 x 60 inches
 
PUERTO RICAN GREEN PARROT
72 x 60 inches
 
WATERMELON + TOOTHBRUSH + AQUAFRESH
60 x 72 inches