Currently on display at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC) in Focus Gallery One are the paintings of artist Sonya Berg. The show is entitled, "To be Contained" and runs now through February the 23rd of this year.
I make work that evokes a sense of anxiety within the landscape through two seemingly disparate images – empty swimming pools and waterfalls. The cold, seemingly abandoned empty pools function as a metaphor for containment, control of the landscape, and the void, both in a material and psychological sense. The images of waterfalls are a counterpoint, the fullness of nature in a wild, active form. This juxtaposition allows the viewer to vacillate between spectator of the waterfalls and active participant attempting to exit the swimming pools. Deliberate mark making and a select palette draw out the sense of anxiety in both the man-made and natural phenomenon.
Just one of the incredible aspects of Berg's work is that some of her paintings look like photographs, upon first glance. Then, look closer and they are photographs. Photographs which look like paintings.
Berg's work implore one to look closer. This is where the magic begins.
Also on display at FWCAC in Focus Gallery Two is "Stitchings," along with ARTSCENTER10 Invitational, Figure Riddles, Geometric Abstraction, Sketches: an exhibition of equine art and poetry and the Grizly Bexar Collective: Introspections.
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s mission is to provide accessible and affordable exhibition, performance, workshop, classroom, and office space to artists and arts organizations in the region, and to serve the general public by presenting the work of contemporary visual and performing artists in a user-friendly environment that is available for event and meeting rentals.
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