Betz Bernhard Gallery

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Betz Bernhard

 

Adding to our roster of female artists, ZINC is proud to announce a collection of colorful works by Betz Bernhard for our spring exhibition, now available online. Bernhard’s abstract shape-making, pattern play, and retro color palette reflect the vintage collection of silk kimonos and hand-painted fabrics that fill her art studio. Originally from New York, her artistic discoveries led her to the Kansas City Art Institute where she earned her BFA, and later to Seattle for her MFA at the University of Washington, where she studied ceramic sculpture. Her ceramics art education has influenced elements of her fiber art, incorporating structural elements and balance of form.

 

Bernhard has previously shown at ZINC in a two-person show entitled BROKEN RULES in 2018. She has created public art for the Woodland Park Zoo, the City of Tacoma, the City of Seattle, several Washington State Schools and SeaTac airport. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1587583287011{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”]

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Open Kimono | works by Betz Bernhard


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Hokus Pokus
26 x 31″ cut and sewn fabric
2018 
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Bernhard’s hand-sewn works start as a simple scrap of fabric, sourced from her expansive cache of materials. Each found segment offers its own element of storytelling; the playful connection that materializes between pattern, color, shape and void weaves a narrative of diverse perspectives. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”element_from_fade” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1585248627109{padding-left: 25px !important;}” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1585420600456{margin-top: 50px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;}”]Bernhard’s hand-sewn works start as a simple scrap of fabric, sourced from her expansive cache of materials. Each found segment offers its own element of storytelling; the playful connection that materializes between pattern, color, shape and void weaves a narrative of diverse perspectives. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column css_animation=”fadeIn” width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”element_from_fade” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=”” css=”.vc_custom_1578688652889{border-left-width: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ offset=”vc_hidden-xs”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1585422934731{margin-top: 100px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;}”]Her two dogs, often trailing behind her, might nudge or nose a piece of fabric that will be the perfect addition to a new piece, leading her audience down a heartwarming anecdote that one can feel throughout her body of work. Bernhard’s repurposed fabric art is constructed like an abstract painting, letting chance and intuition guide her creative process.

 

As a lover of vintage ephemera, chocolate, and the simple joy of creating, her work encourages lighthearted connections and a sentiment of nostalgia. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24877″ img_size=”medium” onclick=”custom_link” qode_css_animation=”” link=”http://zinccontemporary.com/bbernhard-heart-throb/”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

Heart Throb
23 x 25″ sewn kimono and found fabrics
2019
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Caper
vintage kimonos and painted silks collaged and sewn
35 x 30″ framed 
2019
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“I reach into a heaping pile of fabric scraps, and gather a few pieces that speak to me. I start to play with them. Is there an idea here?”

 

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“I reach into a heaping pile of fabric scraps, and gather a few pieces that speak to me. I start to play with them. Is there an idea here?”

 

— Betz

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