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Iconic Ferus Gallery Bursts into the 21st Century with New Works by Sheila Berger.

"Tabula Incognita" is Berger's First California Exhibit

LOS ANGELES -- Ferus Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of new paintings by Sheila Berger, opening Wednesday, September 15 and continuing through Saturday, October 16, 2010. The show will be the first presentation of the work of a new artist at Ferus, as well as the first showing of an artist from outside California, since the gallery's reopening earlier this year. The first two shows were "Ferus Greatest Hits Volume 1" and "Ed Moses Drawings," curated and presented by Nyehaus Gallery, New York.

TABULA INCOGNITA is Sheila Berger's first exhibition in California. The essayist and artist Mimi Thompson describes Berger's encaustic paintings as palimpsests, "the ancient wax tables that were used again and again, with messages scraped away and new ones laid on top." This method, Thompson observes, transcends conventional devises of exploration, "accessing instead [Berger's] own phenomenological guide, moving toward the inevitable-the joining of the inside and the outside, and the empty and full as one." In the joining of these opposites, Thompson concludes, Berger escapes "the physical or theoretical impasses that arise when we try to define geographical lines or abstract concepts."

There is an emotional side to Berger's work. In suggesting the past, but a past which is not clearly identifiable, and personal memories, but memories in an abstracted form, Berger's work, as noted by Thompson, generates a sense of freedom. "At the end of [a painted journal], the reader arrives at a series of white rectangles, their arrangement representing the footprint of a housing development created by the artist's father. On these pages our sense of place becomes a beautiful abstraction, full of Berger's geometric memories."

A St. Louis native, Berger lives in New York and Buenos Aires. She is represented in New York by Paul Kasmin, and has also shown with Nicole Klagsbrun. Thompson's essay on Berger's work may be found in the catalogue accompanying the show. For more information on Berger and her work visit www.sheilaberger.com.

Exhibit hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm, or by appointment.

For further information on this show and FERUS Gallery please visit: www.ferusgallery.com, or contact Tom Beeton, gallery director, at (917) 288-2087, tombeeton@gmail.com

For press inquiries please contact Paul Michelson, at (323) 874-4466, paul@roeder-johnson.com.
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