Kaley Berezney: Lumpy, Dumpy and Grumpy
Thu, July 6 '17 – Thu, July 6 '17
6pm – 9pm
On View: July 6-31, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 6, 6-9pm Closing Reception: Saturday, July 29 2-6pm Additional viewing by appointment only. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"I want my audience to experience a visceral, bodily feeling, to be in an environment that is overwhelmingly stimulating. I want someone to walk into the space and sense the struggle and change and growth embodied in objects that hold the power and strength of life and the stillness of death. I want there to be moments where the peace and tranquility that I am hoping to feel at my time of passing are experienced. I want to expose the viewer to the vibrations of Om, that fuzzy feeling that I have only felt for split seconds when I am able to disassociate from my senses through mediation. I have experienced it when I am in so much pain that there is a moment I cannot feel a thing. It is in the forty-eighth minute of a long distance run when I no longer have to think about my movement and rhythm or my breathing pattern and I am through thinking about what I could have said or how I am going to change. I have felt it when I laid my head on the pillow placed next to the toilet bowl after my chest heaved and strained uncontrollably and repeatedly in a state where time did not exist. It is what I imagine to be an anticlimactic feeling of content in reaching enlightenment."
Kayley Berezney (born 1991 Rochester, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist. She holds a BFA (2013) in Painting & Sculpture from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and an MFA (2017) in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. Berezney has been a member of the Brooklyn-based art collective Big Irv’s since 2013. While living at Big Irv’s she worked as an event coordinator, programming monthly art and music shows. Berezney has exhibited throughout the United States including Massery Gallery, Piccotte Gallery, Essex Gallery, Mad Lark, Center for Art and Design, Silent Barn, Pioneer Works, and Littman Gallery. Her exhibitions have been featured in Portland Mercury, Oregonian, KOIN 6, among others.