With so many talented artists in Asheville to write about, it is difficult to choose a single favorite column of 2010. I always enjoy getting to know artists through the interview process, and for this reason I especially enjoyed writing profiles about people like Tim Barnwell, Luca Dipierro, Peter Parpan and Anna Jensen. Then there are the artists that teach me something new, like Gene Felice, whose work incorporates rapid prototyping — a technology I had never heard about before.
I have finally decided on the article, “Flooding and Rebuilding” about painter Galen Frost Bernard as my favorite column of 2010. It was a pleasure to meet Bernard, and even more of a pleasure to translate the sublime quality of his paintings into words. — Ursula Gullow, columnist, Artillery: Art Around Town
“Process and form rise and converge in the cadenced paintings of Galen Frost Bernard, currently on display at BoBo Gallery in downtown Asheville. Treading the line between abstract and representational art, undulating masses of geometric shape, color and line churn into each other to create the impression of shantytowns built into precipitous environments.
An Awkward Comparison: Environments falling apart and regenerating.
They are more than depictions of fantastical favelas, however — they hearken a frame of mind as well. ‘I'm resistant to the landscape thing," says Bernard, "I'm more interested in painting the feeling of a place, rather than an actual place.’
Indeed, these are not your typical landscapes; these are other worldly realms for the eye to journey across.”
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