The Berding Memorandum

Oakland University Art Gallery

Oct. 15, 2024 - Nov. 20, 2016

371 Wilson Blvd., Wilson Hall Rm 208
Rochester, 48309-4486
(248) 370-3005

A solo exhibition by contemporary abstract painter, Thomas Berding. Associated Artist’s Talk: Thursday, November 10th at noon.
Regular gallery hours:
Tuesday-Sundays, Noon until 5:00pm; Open evenings during Meadow Brook Theatre performances: Wednesday-Fridays, 7:00pm through the intermission / Saturday & Sundays: 5:00pm through the intermission. Closed Mondays.

The gallery and special events are without charge and open to the public.

The most challenging aspect of contemporary abstract painting is to make something that we never anticipated seeing before. Thomas Berding’s uniquely distinct paintings overcome this challenge with brio and inventiveness. The lightness of being in his work, the range of forms, contours, edges, saturations and coloring – and the lightness of the spaces in between his network of slashes, swatches, and other painterly exchanges, is so navigable for the eye that the paintings are airy, permeable, and most significantly, written in a language that is all his own. And he has developed a taxonomic sensitivity to what constitutes expedient form and significance. The Berding Memorandum – the ideology and meaning in his work – is made sentient in the gravitas of his paintings.

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