AS I SEE IT
Paintings by Bruce Lieberman
July 29 - August 17, 2020
Bruce Lieberman returns to BCK Gallery for, As I See It, a solo exhibition of landscapes and seascapes. This longtime resident of Watermill does not need to stray far from his home to find his subject matter. The garden views he presents on canvas are an ever-changing riot of color. His seascapes capture the power and majesty of the ocean, inviting the viewer to experience both its beauty and its ferocity. In both venues, he is in his elements-land and water. His compositions allow him to simultaneously be in and of nature. To him the transitions we all experience from one phase of our lives to another, are our ongoing change of seasons; while, the fragility of being human is accompanied by the hopes of each new dawn.
Additional Paintings by Bruce Lieberman can be seen at: www.CFPCOLLECTION.ORG
My work seeks a modern vocabulary for my version of representational painting.
To a large extent observational, I have a strong attachment to modernist and abstract expressionist theories. My education was deeply influenced by Hans Hoffmann, as I sought out and studied with many of his students.
Hoffmann, among many other things, taught his students to search for and recognize relationships and connections, for they are intrinsic to the history of art. Hoffman described his own approach as, “… interdependent relationships between form, color and space” 1. He taught an eclectic gestalt vision of art that reflected a love of and debt to art history, that I continue to embrace in my recent paintings and drawings.
My work - often autobiographical and imbedded with personal symbolism, metaphor, and narrative - is a continual search for my personal iconography.
I paint in series and, over 30 plus years, have drifted back and forth over the same repeated themes. No matter whether the composition is a landscape, still life, seascape or figure composition, those embedded ideas recur and pervade my thoughts and expose my internal conflicts. They are who I am and, unbidden, pour out into my work. Even a still life, for example, not only depicts objects, the detritus of life- my life- but it speaks to process, mark making and materials. I am intimately involved in this process - the accumulated marks and the gesture that become form while also being footprints - documenting the process of painting. The results are forever a formal game, as well as an abstraction. I am constantly searching for the pathway that marries the abstract to the to the perceived.