Project Description

Berkshire Museum presents Exquisite Illusion, a show of paintings by Warner Friedman and assemblages by Michael Zelehoski, curated by Van Shields, Berkshire Museum’s executive director.

Zelehoski reconstructs three-dimensional found wooden objects, like crates and pallets, into two-dimensional picture planes, with fascinating results. Friedman’s paintings feature spare landscapes framed by unexpected architectural details. Exquisite Illusion will be on view November 8, 2013 through January 2, 2014.

Warner Friedman, who trained as an engineer before studying art at the Cooper Union in New York City, has been showing his work extensively in galleries across the United States since the 1960s. His paintings are included in numerous collections, including the Owens Corning Collection, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum. He has twice been awarded Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants and in 1990 received a Massachusetts Artist Fellowship. About his paintings, Friedman says, “Seeing is the best and most immediate way of knowing.”

Michael Zelehoski, who lived for six years in South America and earned a BA from the Universidad Finis Terrae, in Santiago, Chile, has exhibited nationally and internationally including a solo show at DODGE gallery in New York City, a large-scale installation for the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s biennial Peekskill Project, and a solo installation for Volta NY. He has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and Artslant’s Golden Frame Award. “By unifying the picture plane and the spatial environment, I’m trying to reconcile the dichotomy between pictorial and physical space, art and object, sculpture and painting,” says Zelehoski.

Images above:
Warner Friedman, Cape Porpoise, acrylic on canvas, 2013
Michael Zelehoski, Dodecadillion, assemblage with found wood, 2009