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December Issue 2010

Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Marty Biernbaum

The Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, On The Bright Side, featuring works by Marty Biernbaum, on view from Dec. 1 - 31, 2010, in the Guild Gallery, located in Charleston, SC.

The irreverence of Monty Python's lyrics, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", has inspired Biernbaum to view life's challenges with humor, sarcasm and a big dose of optimism. The major focus is on "Pear Lady", a bold female pear character, who reveals her innermost musings through outrageous mixed media paintings.

Thick, sculpted layers of acrylic medium are integrated with recycled and found objects, such as computer parts, old dolls, photographs and natural objects, to bring life to these introspective works.

"No one is safe from artistic ridicule," states Biernbaum. "We live in a society filled with unachievable, idealistic social goals. We are accosted daily with life's conflicting yet humorous ironies." Appearance, aging in a plastic world, false sophistication, religion and modern medicine are among some of the topics addressed in her current exhibit.

Recent illness has helped her focus on painting as a means to regain health. Biernbaum's Mandala paintings are made, tongue in cheek, with recycled, melted and dissected doll parts to illustrate unusual, yet provocative and mysterious images. "Mandala" comes from the Sanskrit, meaning "circle", and has been used worldwide for centuries as a meditative symbol for introspection. For Biernbaum, a great deal of healing power lies in the process of creating paintings with a message!

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/722-2454 or visit (www.charlestonartistguild.com).


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