The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will present Megan Berk’s exhibit of new work, Tim Paintings, beginning Saturday, September 22 with a reception from 4 to 6PM. The exhibit, inspired by a New Testament painting by Rembrandt, will be on display on the Library’s art wall through Saturday, October 13. For more information call the library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary.org. The artist’s work can be seen atmeganberk.com.
Megan Berk was born in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Millerton, NY. Ms. Berk’s work, which consists primarily of representational paintings on board and silk-screen prints, uses recognizable imagery to investigate personal narratives of desire and anxiety. In Tim Paintings, the pivotal elements of this narrative are books.
The artist said about her work, “There are several definitions of authenticity. One is: ‘worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact.’ Another is: ‘true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.’ The two ideas claw at each other. Just after the birth of my first child and just before the convulsive election of 2016, deep in the rabbit-hole of this conflict, I stumbled upon one of Rembrandt’s New Testament paintings from 1648. There is Lois, Timothy’s grandmother. Paul wrote of her ‘unfeigned faith,’ her authenticity. Rembrandt painted her devotion as stillness, scripture clutched in her sacred lap. Her gesture is ‘worthy of acceptance or belief,’ halfway between giving and guarding. She is passing down her knowledge while also protecting it. These paintings began as a contemplation of that gesture.”
Megan Berk received her MFA from Pratt Institute and has exhibited her work at the International Print Center New York, the Re Institute, Recession Art, Long Island University’s Salena Gallery, Silas Marder Gallery, Bowman/Bloom Gallery, Scope Art Fair and the German House of the German Consulate. She did two residencies at Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY in 2012 and 2013. Megan Berk’s art can be seen at meganberk.com.