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Hello all,

I currently have 2 sculptures ( www.berlinsculpture.com/#!Unti… and www.berlinsculpture.com/#!Pars… ) in the 2013 AZ Biennial.  Here's some positive press that resulted:

tucsonartexhibit.blogspot.com/…

azstarnet.com/entertainment/ar…

www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/ca…

Enjoy

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JesseBerlin
Jesse Berlin
United States
Artist statement and bio followed by resume-

Artist Statement-
Historically, nearly every civilization has developed a concept of beauty in relation to the natural world, and more specifically to the human body. This concept is rooted in the assumption that there exists an objective ideal. This ideal becomes pervasive throughout the art of that culture and is believed by the mainstream to be correct. It is a beauty one should aspire to, and that reflects a spiritual, moral, and philosophical state of grace. While every society emphasizes different combinations of traits, they all share the ever-present notion that perfection along a certain schema is equivalent to beauty.

This definition is deeply flawed, not only because it is incongruous to the reality of human existence, but also because it exemplifies the most ordered and thus least interesting examples from that reality. This idealized beauty is easy to apprehend, readily accessible, and more widely embraced. Nevertheless, it lacks the depth of poetry that emerges through tragedy, suffering, corruption, and the more base aspects of human experience.

In truth, we are petty, grasping, lecherous animals motivated by the desire to feed our own egos and ensure that our bodies are comfortable while we do so. We do this in a vain and misguided attempt to buy a few hours of distraction from our impending demise. Our flesh is corrupted by disease, pollution, war, gluttony, starvation, the persistent ravages of time, and ultimately by our own deaths.

But there is still beauty here. One might even argue that it is a truer, more universal, more poetic beauty: A beauty rooted in pathos, anxiety, self-examination, fear, fascination, and pain.

Through my sculpture, I strive to break down the false god of idyllic physical beauty, and raise in its stead an understanding of what it is to be human: thoroughly debased, flawed, and impermanent, but simultaneously pitiful, intriguing, and precious. In pursuit of this goal, I produce anatomical figurative subjects that are augmented through hypothetical scenarios in order to amplify the biomechanical truth of our condition.

Thus, my work exposes the psycho/social ramifications of how we treat one another through violence, exploitation, and objectification. I employ hyperrealism to establish a sense of the uncanny. This enforces the notion that as unreal as my subject matter may appear, there is in fact an undeniable reality just beneath the surface. This reality, however grotesque, may yet harbor both beauty and illumination.


Bio-
Jesse Berlin has been an avid sculptor from early childhood. He received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he specialized in highly detailed figurative sculpture. In Chicago, Jesse found employment at the International Museum of Surgical Science as curator of the Anatomy in the Gallery exhibit: A rotating exhibit of medically themed, contemporary artwork. He is experienced in a variety of media including wood, ceramic, metals, polymer, and silicone as well as advanced fabrication, mold-making and casting techniques. Upon graduating from the Art Institute, Jesse was recruited into the Maxillofacial Prosthetic Technician training program at the Bronx Veterans Administration Medical Center in New York. There he spent two years under the tutelage of Eric Asher, MAMS, learning the art of anaplastology. He currently resides in Carbondale, Illinois where he is pursuing an MFA in sculpture.

Resume-
Born: Tucson, Arizona, 1981

EXHIBITIONS (*SOLO EXHIBITIONS, **RECEIVED AWARD)

2013

7TH ANNUAL C4 JURIED EXHIBITION**: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Juried by David Freeman.

MAD WORLD NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBIT: Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois. Juried By Natalie Domchenko.

2012

ART OVER EASY 8 AUCTION AND JURIED COMPETITION: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Juried By Buzz Spector.

NEW WORKS BY CRITICAL FORUM: Jacoby Art Center, Alton, Illinois. Curated by Critical Forum

6TH ANNUAL C4 JURIED EXHIBITION: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Juried by Ivy Cooper.

TRANSFORMATION: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Curated by the School of Art and Design at SIUC.

2011

THIRD ANNUAL NUDE JURIED EXHIBITION: Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. Curated by Jason Franz. Juried by the Manifest Jury Committee.

ART OVER EASY 7** AUCTION AND JURIED COMPETITION: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Juried By Barry Blinderman.

FUNCTION?: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Curated by Critical Forum.

FIRST YEAR CHOPPING BLOCK: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Curated by the School of Art and Design at SIUC.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DOUG: The Douglas School Art Place, Murphysboro, Illinois. Curated by Jason Wonnell.

2010

NEW WORK*: The Vergette Gallery at SIUC, Carbondale, Illinois. Self-curated.

EROTIKA INVATATIONAL: La Malinche Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. Curated by Martin Quintanilla.

2009

SALON DES REFUSE INVITATIONAL: Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. Curated by David Aguirre.

SUMMER INVITATIONAL: La Malinche Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. Curated by Martin
Quintanilla.

SECOND THURSDAY EVENT: Sculpture Resource Center, Tucson, Arizona.
Curated by Mathew Woodhall.

WINTER INVITATIONAL: La Malinche Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. Curated by Martin Quintanilla.

2009

PIMA COLLEGE JURIED EXHIBITION**: Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. Juried by A. T. Willet, Michael Contreras, and Jude Clark.

2008

PIMA COLLEGE JURIED EXHIBITION**: Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. Juried by Frances Murray, Susannah Maurer, and John Salgado.

MYTHOPOEIAN PERSPECTIVES: Two-person show, Art Culture Partnership Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. Curated by Xotchitl Gil.

2004 SENIOR EXHIBITION: Gallery 2, Chicago, Illinois. Curated by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

BIBLIOGRAPHY (*REVIEWS)
*Fran Watson, “Take It Off (‘Nude’ at Manifest Gallery), ÆQAI, September 2011 and Express Cincinnati, September 2011

Jason Franz, Manifest Volume 56: 3rd Annual Nude|Go Ahead...Touch Me!, Exhibition Catalog, 2011

Rhihannon Helms and Tom Speer, Ph.D., Sand Script Art and Literary Magazine,
Visual Art Portfolios, 2009.

Julie Farstad, Oral Report: The International Museum of Surgical Science, Mouth to Mouth Magazine, Curatorialal Interview, Winter, 2004.

AWARDS AND HONORS

2013

FIRST PLACE IN GRADUATE CATEGORY:
7TH ANNUAL C4 JURIED EXHIBITION: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Juried By David Freeman.


2011

SILVER EGG IN STUDENT CATEGORY:
ART OVER EASY 7: Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois. Juried By Barry Blinderman.

2009

BEST IN MIXED MEDIA:
Pima College Juried Exhibition; Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. Juried by A. T. Willet, Michael Contreras, and Jude Clark.

ARIZONA DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN AWARD FOR ART IN CRAFT MEDIA:
Pima College Juried Exhibition; Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Tucson. Presented by the Arizona Designer Craftsmen Southern Arizona Chapter.

2008

BEST IN SCULPTURE:
Pima College Juried Exhibition; Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
Juried by Frances Murray, Susannah Maurer, and John Salgado.

2000-2004

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP:
School of The Art Institute of Chicago

EDUCATION

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois.
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture in progress.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree awarded May, 2004.
Emphasis on Sculpture.

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Institute of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts.
Non degree seeking, fall 97-spring 98.
Emphasis on Sculpture and Photography.

Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona.
Non Degree Seeking, fall 1999-spring 2000, fall 2002, and fall 2006-fall 2009.
Emphasis on Sculpture.


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:iconcicatriz-esp:
Cicatriz-Esp Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Omg, your art is just perfect, I love it 
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fairytasia Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work! Do you have Twitter too? x
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JesseBerlin Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Nope, but thanks for the feedback. You can check out my website at www.berlinsculpture.com
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PandaKong Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Don't know if you have a tumblr, but this post is pretty popular
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Whoever posted it credits you and links to here. I only wish more people would check your gallery out. Just wanted you to know.

Your work is pretty incredible, even thought it's not what I enjoy.
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Punt-Art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're sick!!! (and i LOVE it!)
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Vanawen Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your pieces are inspired and quite clever but most of them at the same time are very heartwrenching. your work is very provocative and controversial, it puts the facts right in your face and makes you consider the possiblities and results of events.
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Nicole-Lyn2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're an amazing sculptor. =) I wish I could go to your gallery exhibit, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to go all the way to Ohio. Best of luck with it!
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DeliriousDemon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Congratulations on the Daily Deviant! I am awfully happy to have found you and your lovely art! It is all certainly something nobody could ever forget :)
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chricko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Love yer art!
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Ballistyc Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I could've sworn I was already watching you...I guess I need to rectify that immediately.
Anyway, congratulations on the Daily Deviation!
take care...drive safely
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