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Kayley Berezney Bowed by the Wait of it All: MFA exhibition
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00am to Monday, May 1, 2017 - 5:00pm
Kayley Berezney Bowed by the Wait of it All: MFA exhibition
Kayley Berezney
Bowed by the Wait of it All

MFA Graduate Project Exhibition

April 17-27, 2017
Reception: Wednesday, April 19, 5-7pm

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, April 26, 4pm

Littman Gallery
Smith Memorial Student Union, 2nd floor
1825 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97201

Gallery House: Monday-Friday, 12-4pm

Free and open to the public

In Bowed by the Wait of It All, Kayley Berezney responds to her experience living with metastatic breast cancer. The artist explores her physically changing and exhausted body. She uses materials in excess such as containers, rope, styrofoam and lumber combined with plaster, a substance that goes through a transformation from dust to liquid to solid and back to dust. Berezney's recent work shows a fascination in the complexities of cause and effect. A body undergoing treatment is simultaneously repairing and damaging itself. By looking at changes in the body as physical manifestations of experience, the artist creates sculptural objects exhibiting impermanence. 

As a sculptor, Berezney is concerned with the anti-monumental tradition of creating precarious and unwieldy forms that have been poured, squeezed, fragmented and submerged. Every material participates in a sensuous and tactile process. Bowed by the Wait of It All speaks to the difficulty containing and preserving a form that is ever changing. The frustration of obtaining balance within unpredictable circumstances is potent in the work; it is an inquiry into one's own mortality. Berezney's sculptural work holds on the impression of feeling alien to your body and self while exploring the material sum of its parts.