Modern and Minimal; new work by Rose Umerlik and Paul Vincent Bernard
Paul Vincent Bernard etches spare forms are taken from physical structures and abstracted landscapes. Rose Umerlik's work draws from a personal emotional vernacular. Their work createa an exploration of gravity and levity; as well as landscape, both physical and emotional.
Paul Vincent Bernard etches dense shapes into enamel-coated aluminum panel that he then rubs with oil paint. His spare forms are taken from physical structures and abstracted landscapes and often fill much of his composition. Rose Umerlik's work features her fine, expressive linework and contrasting passages of opacity and transparency in her abstract shapes that are drawn from a personal emotional vernacular. Her compositions float, zip, and rumble across serene white space like maps of moods and interior worlds. Juxtaposed, the two bodies of work create an exploration of gravity and levity; as well as landscape, both physical and emotional.
Paul Vincent Bernard says: “My work is informed by the landscape that surrounds me. I am most interested in the horizons and verticals that are so common in Utah, particularly in the plateau regions. Perhaps because of my tendency toward minimalism, I enjoy the more subtle landscape. I’m interested in the specific story of a specific place, and that has been the starting point of each work."
Rose Umerlik says: "The “story” that emerges in a painting will usually come from a distinct moment when I recognize a human experience in the way two forms are relating to each other, or the interaction of lines within a color field. That moment of recognition comes during each painting and it is my way of exploring what it is to be human, what it is to be a part of a culture, and what it is to love, fear or hope."