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The List Gallery is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions: Michelle Marcuse: Holding Absence and Henry Bermudez: Tattooed Nature. The exhibitions will take place January 23–February 23, 2020. The artists will lecture about their work on Thursday, January 23 at 4:30 PM in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema. A reception will follow in the List Gallery, 5:30–7:00 PM. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays, Noon–5:00 PM.
Marcuse and Bermudez create imaginative, poetic worlds informed by personal and multicultural mythologies. Both artists offer varied insights into the experience of cultural dislocation, immigration, environmental duress, colonization, and socio-political tensions. Through hybridizing pictorial traditions, Marcuse’s constructions and Bermudez’s mixedmedia paintings suspend and interrogate aesthetic paradigms, offering dream-like spaces that liberate the imagination.
Henry Bermudez: Tattooed Nature
Henry Bermudez was born in Venezuela in 1951, and lived in Mexico City and Rome before immigrating to the United States in 2003. His creative practice brings together a trans-national lexicon of imagery, mark making and materials. His List Gallery exhibition, Tattooed Nature, features Bermudez’s most recent cut-paper paintings including an installation comprised of three works spanning a 40-foot wall. These works sensitively entwine botanical, mythological, and anthropomorphic forms. Bermudez’s large-scale ecosystems defy singular modes of expression and offer new ways of seeing and dreaming.
Bermudez’s process involves strategically cutting, organizing, and painting invented, botanic silhouettes. Sometimes, these patterned worlds are inhabited by figures that do not belong to a specific visual tradition. Instead, these figures and their settings draw from multicultural myths, iconographic traditions, and contemporary art lineages. These composite figures emerge as triumphant guardians of their ecosystems, poised with openness and fortitude, but also a sense of protection. To participate in Bermudez’s carefully designed worlds necessitates a restored respect for nature, an unlearning of accepted modes of representation, and a renewal of the productive possibilities inherent in imagination. Informed by hybrid histories, geographies, and visual cultures, Henry Bermudez’s paintings offer new territories for his own personal mythologies and open-ended contemplation.