JONATHAN BICKART / TOWERING MOMENTS
February 4 - February 11, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. / B7 Gallery
Santa Monica, CA 90404
11 – 6, Tuesday – Saturday
ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY presents TOWERING MOMENTS, the premiere exhibition of Los Angeles artist Jonathan Bickart.
Best known for his large commissions, Bickart’s work can be seen from the famous 14-foot monument of Colonel Griffith J. Griffith on Riverside Drive at the entrance to Griffith Park, to the bronze bust in the center of the Tennis Center at the Rivera Country Club, and most recently the inspirational larger-than-life bust of G.W.Carver for LA Unified School District at Carver Middle School in South LA.
TOWERING MOMENTS captures a compelling moment in the artist/muse relationship, exhibiting the creation of surrealistic icons of gesture through human form. Inspired by images of Javier Marin, Egon Schiele, and Rodin. "I try to incorporate the artist/muse relationship symbolically with figurative surrealism through optical illusion, distortion, and an expressionist style." Through these sculptures, Bickart attempts to fuse our subconscious visuals with our aesthetic sensibilities. Bickart's work includes the use of many materials, such as polychromed terracotta, steel, concrete, hydrocal, brass, and well as found objects.
Bickart’s clients include: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Foster, Ted Kotcheff, Marcy Carsey, Kenny G, Peter Guber, Fred Ward, Inner City Games, Mandalay Bay Hotel, National Congressional Medal of Honor Monument, City of Los Angeles, Griffith Park Trust, and numerous private collectors.