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October 2013

USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Bodo Berheide

USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, will present Between Image and Language, featuring works by Bodo Berheide, on view in the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center, from Oct. 4 through Nov. 1, 2014. A reception will be held on Oct. 10, beginning at 4:30pm.

Berheide was born in 1944 in Thuringia/Germany and studied at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf with Joseph Beuys (Beuysklasse). Communicative exchange is characteristic of the work of Berheide. Key considerations in his work are the respect for nature and the forces of nature and an exchange of resources among people in community activities.

Berheide’s (sometimes multi-part) works are monochrome, essentially limited to blue, red, and green, which are colors that have a loaded content for him. There are reliefs made of paper pulp, obtained from daily newspapers.  In this fragile form of presentation, which is in fact stable, reason, words, animals, symbols, and pictogram-like formulations appear. Animal signs refer to the skills and qualities that we people like and that connect us together (Zodiac signs, totem, or clan animals). Some of the pieces introduce, with catchphrases, models from society that relate to the design of the character and history of the earth.  Sensuality and socio-political statements fit together associatively, yet still leave room for one’s own interpretations.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, contact Michael Dickins, gallery manager at 864/503-5848 or e-mail to (mdickins@uscupstate.edu).

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