Sculptor Irwin Berman's Uncommon Seating Invites Viewers to Reflect

April 28, 2008

April 28, 2008 — For more than four decades, University of Virginia School of Medicine alumnus Irwin Berman has explored a variety of artistic practices and media. His exhibition, "Sedentary Pleasures: UnCommon Stools," opens at the University of Virginia Art Museum May 3 and runs through June 15. This exhibit presents a selection of his stools designed as sculptural statements. Whether he chooses to manipulate photographic properties or transform wood, metal, plastic and glass into surprising forms, Berman pushes the boundaries of a material's flexibility, achieving results that can range from elegant formal sculptures to playful and challenging three-dimensional forms. Humor and deep reflection coexist in ironic, playful and deeply serious ways. The dynamic tensions and topical references call on viewers and sitters alike to question our ecological, ethical and sexual beliefs and practices.
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