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Henry Bermudez / Tattooed Nature

Henry Bermudez / Tattooed Nature

Henry Bermudez

Henry Bermudez / Tattooed Nature

January 23—February 23, 2020 

Artist lecture : Thursday, January 23 at 4:30 PM in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema.
A reception will follow in the List Gallery, 5:30–7:00 PM. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays, Noon–5:00 PM.

Henry Bermudez was born in Venezuela in 1951, and lived in Mexico City and Rome before immigrating to the United States in 2003. His creative practice brings together a trans-national lexicon of imagery, mark making and materials. His List Gallery exhibition, Tattooed Nature, features Bermudez’s most recent cut-paper paintings including an installation comprised of three works spanning a 40-foot wall. These works sensitively entwine botanical, mythological, and anthropomorphic forms. Bermudez’s large-scale ecosystems defy singular modes of expression and offer new ways of seeing and dreaming. Bermudez’s process involves strategically cutting, organizing, and painting invented, botanic silhouettes. Sometimes, these patterned worlds are inhabited by figures that do not belong to a specific visual tradition. Instead, these figures and their settings draw from multicultural myths, iconographic traditions, and contemporary art lineages. These composite figures emerge as triumphant guardians of their ecosystems, poised with openness and fortitude, but also a sense of protection. To participate in Bermudez’s carefully designed worlds necessitates a restored respect for nature, an unlearning of accepted modes of representation, and a renewal of the productive possibilities inherent in imagination. Informed by hybrid histories, geographies, and visual cultures, Henry Bermudez’s paintings offer new territories for his own personal mythologies and openended contemplation. Henry Bermudez studied in the National School of Art “Julio Arraga”, Maracaibo, Venezuela; the National School of Art “La Esmeralda,” Mexico City, Mexico; the Art Students League of New York; and in Rome, Italy. His work is internationally collected by institutions such as the Modern Art Museum of Mexico, CDMX; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; the Venezuelan National Art Gallery, Caracas; the Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber, Caracas; Haig Garden Collection, NY; and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San José, Costa Rica. Bermudez’s many notable accomplishments include over thirty-one international solo exhibitions; representing Venezuela in the 1986 Venice Biennale; receiving a Peter Benoliel Fellowship from CFEVA in Philadelphia, PA; completing several murals commissioned by the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Project; and creating an installation at the Philadelphia International Airport. He is included in multiple publications surveying Venezuelan art and history. Bermudez is currently teaching at The Career and Academic Development Institute (CADI) and Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia. He is the co-founder and codirector of HouseGallery 1816, which was established in 2010.

View a [PDF] of the exhibition press release here.

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