Journey to Abstraction
January 6- 28, 2017
Artist Bern Merlo says, “I love color – my primary tool of expression. Intense color is one attribute that all of my artwork has in common. I paint using both oil and acrylic depending on the picture I am painting. My work shows movement and energy. I use color to show balance that provides transformation and interface with the energy in my work. My pieces are created in many layers. I work so that something from each layer is allowed to show through to increase the sense of multiple dimensions and depth.”
All of the above can be found in her upcoming show, A Journey to Abstraction, at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road.
The exhibit is featured in a gallery opening, along with the chance to meet the artist while enjoying light refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6.
Merlo explains, “I am inspired by a quote by artist Perle Fine (1905-1988): ‘I like to light up canvas with color; I like to make it shout or whisper; I like to make it spin…or make forms melt softly over the whole picture.’”
The Southfield-based artist adds, “A vision or feeling may serve as my inspiration. Whether the finished piece is a highly realistic portrayal, or an abstract in nature I strive to infuse my art with a sense of the obscurity and splendor. I have been painting for 25 years and have enjoyed my journey.”
On the way to that destination, some of the more recent events she’s taken part in include:
* Reaching for the Light- Rackham, University of Michigan-River Gallery-Oct. 6-Dec. 15, 2014
* Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI-2014
* Responding to Chaos- Rackham, University of Michigan-River Gallery- March 2- May 5, 2015
* Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Fall Exhibit, The Loft Fine Art, Mount Clemens, MI (juried by Adnan Charara) Oct. 1-28, 2016
* “Detroit Biennale" MONA, Armada, MI (juried by Jerry Saltz)- October 1, 2016
Original art is important, she said, as a “conversation starter.” In addition, “art creates mood in the home, adds personal character to your home, provides a color palette, makes a room feel finished …”
Merlo concluded, “I love the expression on the faces of people who buy a piece of my work. Everyone should have art in their life.”
Gallery hours for A Journey to Abstraction are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 4-28.
For more information about the exhibit, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.
- Written by Anne Seebaldt