Abstract Earth Gallery

SculpturePainting & DrawingFiber and Paper

Dan Bergman

Artist's Statement  ::
I make abstract sculpture, primarily in steel. In its everyday industrial forms – I-beams, pipes, plates, cable – steel is the bones of the material culture in which we live. Working with it feels like playing with the very stuff of our civilization. I cut, weld and twist it into drawings in space that I think of as musical; lyrical inner forms move in counterpoint to a restraining skeleton or frame. Tension and compression are contrasted to intensify the feeling of contained energy.
Most of my pieces are in some way pictorial – either spatial or figurative. They evoke memories of real or imaginary places that have emotional associations for me: hidden crannies where as a child I could imagine being invisible; high places that were frightening but exhilarating; spaces full of strange objects that bewilder but intrigue me.
Although my sculptures are derived from images that have a certain sense of mystery for me, they emphatically do not exude any aura of mysteriousness. I want the overall impression of an installation of my work to be one of energy, beauty, and humanity.

Pieces by Dan Bergman:

* Some of these artworks may not be for sale.

Selected Exhibitions:  ::
2001: Solo Show, Phoenix Gallery; NY
2002: “Sculpture at Noble Horizons; Fall Village, CT
2002: “Art of the Northeast”; Silvermine Guilds, CT
2001: “Matter as Protagonist”; CAW New Haven, CT
2000: “Three Sculptors”; Gallery of South Orange, NJ
1999: Gallery 214; Mountclair, NJ
1998: Stage Gallery; LI, NY
1997: Cooperstown Art Association; NY
1996: Lower East Side Ecology Center; NYC
1995: Reggio Gallery; NYC
1995: Audubon Artists, NYC (Vincent Glinsky prize)
1993: Contemporary Artists Center, Installation Show; MA
1992: San Diego Art Institute; CA
1991: Westmoreland University; PA
1989: Audubon Artists, NYC