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The Blank Slate Gallery

The Blank Slate Gallery

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  • The Blank Slate Gallery

    NORA VAN DEN BERG

    23 Nov 2020 – 31 Dec 2023

    Artist’s Statement: My paintings are not conceptual in the sense that I do not plan a painting out beforehand. Their concept is the act of painting itself. My paintings go through many layers of paint in a loose, gestural manner. I attack the surface with my medium, move paint around, erase it, over-paint it and remain open to valuable accidents and surprises that appear in its process. My paintings are a battle between raw freedom of painting and the conscious thought of trying to create a balance and structure in this chaos of shapes, color and line. With time the paintings create their own realities yet are still clearly a reflection of this world, my world. The concept or, so-called “meaning” of my work, can be compared to the caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. My paintings, which are reflections of my every day surroundings and experiences, go though metamorphoses as they are created. Each painting is a play with paint, color, form and line and involves different states of consciousness while in progress. This process of painting serves as a metaphor for the stages of transformation. First, an image appears on the surface of the naked canvas. It is recognized and somewhat known, but will vanish and reappear after the painting goes through a deeper experience of the actual act of painting itself. An analogy could be The Alchemist’s story. He goes on a journey to find meaning. At the end of the journey, his life looks very similar to before he started but he has a deeper understanding of his purpose. Once the image is set, it begins to have the capacity to draw the viewer in. The final image, the finished painting, offers a moment in time. In contrast to the constant movement and changes of life, paintings make possible the impossible: the stoppage of time. There then hangs one instant: a quiet moment, caught, in the constant evolution of life in this world. My drawings, photos and collages both stand alone as artworks in their right but also serve as research or foundations for my paintings.

    exhibiting artists

    latest works

    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Free Fall
      22.5 x 22.5 inch (h x w)
      ink on paper
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Entangled
      22.5 x 22.5 inch (h x w)
      ink on paper
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Pacem
      22.5 x 22.5 inch (h x w)
      ink on paper
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Influent , 2017
      22.5 x 22.5 inch (h x w)
      ink on paper
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Meraki , 2020
      60 x 48 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      3200
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Takara I
      8 x 8 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 350
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Takara II
      8 x 8 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 350
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Bathyal
      24 x 24 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Horizonte , 2016
      18 x 18 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 400
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Alina
      20 x 16 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 650
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Luna Domina, 2020
      20 x 16 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 650
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Anemone
      24 x 24 inch (h x w)
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Svapn Lok
      20 x 16 inch (h x w)
      USD 650
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Chorale, 2019
      24 x 24 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Chal, 2020
      24 x 24 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Geminos, 2019
      24 x 24 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Dual, 2019
      24 x 24 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 750
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Portrait in White
      20 x 16 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 650
    • Nora Van Den Berg

      Metanoia , 2020
      60 x 48 inch (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
      USD 3200
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