Caitlin Berndt

October 30-November 17, 2019

Opening Reception: October 30, 6-8 pm (by RSVP only)

(RSVP only: RSVP to info@kateohgallery.com)

Kate Oh Gallery is delighted to present Edge In, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Caitlin Berndt. This series of small gouache paintings and larger oil paintings incorporates spray paint, acrylic airbrush, and sand. Like waking dreams, it takes your eyes a minute to adjust and decode what you’re looking at. Couples, little girls, spiky cacti, and Venus flytrap structures flicker in and out of focus revealing themselves in psychedelic-colored worlds. These dreamlands are playful, sexual, and strange.

The title refers to pushing oneself into an uncomfortable or precarious space where truth and fiction commingle. Caitlin’s work stems from personal narrative. In the past, she has drawn source material from fragments of pop culture, personal photographs, and memory. For this new body of work, she created maquettes that she illuminated with digital projection. One of these physical sources was a sculpture of her and her partner camping. Charting a recent transition from marriage cynic to newlywed, the content of her work shifted from selfhood to the intimacy of partnership, selfhood-within-partnership, and the living myths woven between the two.

While Berndt’s technique is evocative of her experience painting from life, studying color from Italian frescos, and copying master works, her paintings break free of categorization. Utilizing her intuitive sense of color to explore the nuances of intimacy, she has created textural, atmospheric compositions that are steeped in emotion and subversion.

Caitlin Berndt was born in Baltimore, MD (1983) and lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD (2006) and her MFA from The University of Washington (UW), School of Art, Seattle, WA (2012). Her paintings have been featured in exhibitions nationwide, including the Zolla/Leiberman Gallery in Chicago, the Bryan Ohno Gallery and Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, and the NO.4 Studio Gallery in Brooklyn, among others. Berndt was awarded the Elizabeth Greensheild’s Foundation grant 2007 and has had fellowships in Spain, Italy and Israel. In 2013 she was resident at the Vermont Studio Center. In addition to her studio practice, she has taught visual arts courses at Pratt Institute, MICA, UW and the College of New Jersey. She is currently an adjunct professor at CUNY City College of New York.