A new exhibition by Laura Berger explores ideas of inclusion, interconnectedness, and self-understanding, the Chicago-based artist telling us: “I’m interested in our search for a sense of belonging, security, and meaning both as individuals and as groups; and how that both contrasts and combines with our existential concerns of feeling alone, unsafe, or insignificant within the larger world.”
“During a time that’s been filled with so much divisiveness and hatred,” Berger continues, “I have been consciously choosing to focus my creative practice exploring the issues we are faced with through a lens that feels positive. Painting has become a way that I can envision a sort of idealised world and to be able to spend some time within a peaceful space. It also serves, for me, as a quiet personal act of protest against all of the violence and hatred that are so prevalent in our world.”
Entitled Here With You, the solo show — the artist’s first at Portland’s Stephanie Chefas Projects — features an array of impish and naked human beings that cavort around dreamlike scenarios, emblematic in waves of acrylic and gouache of the crucial role human interaction plays in steering us through times like these.
A personal body of work that has enabled Laura Berger to drift into her idealistic world of peace and contemplation, whilst examining existential themes within a minimalist framework, Here With You remains on show until 23 December at Stephanie Chefas’s Portland gallery; a ‘labour of love’ project for the longtime curator contemporary art throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco.