Tony Berlant, ‘Heartland’, 2008, Kohn Gallery

About Tony Berlant

Using a multitude of colorful tin scraps, sheets of plywood, metal sheers, a hammer, and thousands of tiny brads (thin nails), Tony Berlant crafts intricately detailed, riotously colorful collages, reflective of the joy he takes in his laborious, piecemeal process. “A lot of what I like about it is . . . the physical labor and activity,” he says. Berlant’s collages range from small to panoramic, representational to abstract, logical to surreal; he has pieced together a multitude of landscape vistas, close-ups of lush flowers, and disjointed, dreamlike scenes. The individual pieces of tin look like thick, varied brushstrokes, causing his works to resemble paintings and imparting a kinetic, roiling energy that activates his imagery and pulls the eye continuously across the picture plane.

American, b. 1941, New York, New York, based in Santa Monica, California

Group Shows

2015
Sonce Alexander Gallery, 
Los Angeles,
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