Andrea Bergart lives and works in a magical house with a Prohibition-era bar and a cat named Pickles, in outer-outer-Williamsburg (read: Ridgewood, Queens). She has a BFA in painting (and art history) from Skidmore College and an MFA from Boston University.
In 2009 Bergart traveled to Ghana on a Fulbright Scholarship. Acclimatized in Accra, she studied textile design, bead making, and painted a mural for a banana seller named Mary. The time in Ghana has had an on-going influence on her work as an artist.
Bergart paints colorful celebratory abstractions that, like fabric, could/should go on forever. Repeated motifs, such as the stylized brush-stroke in the painting above, dance across her all-over compositions. If the canvas were larger, the design would continue. Bergart’s paintings are created with a complex system of masked layering. By protecting each layer with a removable ‘mask’ she can paint freely, maintaining the small gestures and fine details. The masking also keeps each layer thin, creating a flat but rich surface - like the fabrics worn by the Ghanaians.
In other news - Andrea also paints the barrels of cement trucks (a giant bead?), has created a mural for the MTA, and uses the sun to make the most excellent cash monie t-shirts.
You can ask her about all this and more next week AT OUR OPENING!
Andrea's work will be featured in the next Cuevas Tilleard project - PAINTING PROBLEMS. Mark your calendar for the opening party on Thursday, March 26th. 6.30 - 9.30pm. 142 Henry Street New York.