One Must Eat the Other
May 27 through August 14, 2011
Opening reception Friday May 27, 6-8PM

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present One Must Eat the Other; recent abstract paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Patrick Berran. This is his second solo exhibition with the gallery.

The hungrily pigmented free-form vocabulary that has become Berran’s abstract painting process resolutely unifies the tension between surface and image. Highly refined surface skins dissolve into transparency and are overtaken by chaotic imagery. Pulsating nebulae lurk everywhere and adhere to the surfaces, forcing indeterminate spatial interpretations. Sublimely tinted and seductively tactile, Berran’s recent paintings assert themselves as reinvigorators of the medium.

Patrick Berran is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in painting and printmaking in 2002 and Hunter College’s MFA program in 2006. In 2005 he received a GRAF travel grant from Hunter College and completed a two-week study in Berlin, Germany under the contemporary artist Franz Ackermann. From 2004-2009 Patrick was the lead vocalist in the punk band ¡Apeshit!, touring internationally as well as the United States. ¡Apeshit! performed during the 2006 Whitney Biennial as part of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Peace Tower. He has exhibited his work at numerous venues in NY and the US, most notably Playing Fields at Indiana University and Informal Relations at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and at Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago. In 2009 Patrick founded the project Mother Chorizo, functioning as a record label and book publishing company. In addition to painting, Patrick is creating several prints through Haven Press in Brooklyn, NY.


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Patrick Berran

One Must Eat the Other
May 27 - August 14, 2011
Opens May 27, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views



Patrick Berran, Untitled, 2011

Untitled (RM8)

Patrick Berran, Untitled (RM8), 2010


Patrick Berran, Untitled, 2010


Patrick Berran, Untitled, 2010

Untitled (RM5)

Patrick Berran, Untitled (RM5), 2010


Patrick Berran, Untitled, 2010

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