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The Search for Meaning: Art by Laura Berger


A painting of several people waving patterned blanketsCeremonies for the Self

Chicago-based artist Laura Berger creates artworks that explore the search for meaning on a personal, human scale as well as on a larger, societal one. The works are figurative and tend to feature simplified human forms interacting with minimalist backgrounds and objects.

 

A painting patterned with similar naked human figuresTides

 

Though she works in many media including digital art, painting and sculpture, I find that her paintings are where Berger’s style truly shines. These works function almost equally well as figurative paintings, and patterned, geometric abstractions. Human figures - simplified, bendy, with black hair and varied skin tone – dance across fields of negative space, sometimes holding intricately patterned objects like blankets, and other times forming a pattern in their own placement.

 

Laura Berger’s website also features a selection of animated GIFs which are simple and utterly charming. Each one comprises on or two human figures, usually performing a simple movement – ranging from a shrug of the shoulders to an elaborate fall onto a see-saw. These remind me a bit, in tone and medium, of the art of Sarah Kaltwasser.

 

 

A screen capture of a gif animationLaunch, animated gif


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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