Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Night Fruit, a solo exhibition by Chicago, IL-based artist, Laura Berger. Consisting of a new series of oil paintings exploring themes of solitude and the sense of self, the exhibition is Berger's second solo exhibition at Hashimoto Contemporary and her debut New York solo exhibition.
Drawing on introspective moments from the past year, the artist looked towards this period of deep solitude and groundlessness, exploring the liminal space. As the world lives in an 'in between' period of who we were pre-pandemic and who we will become, we collectively embarked on a spiritual journey, creating the opportunity to explore our own possibilities, dismantling mental constructs. Narratives within each painting are intentionally kept vague and open to interpretation, capturing a surreal and dreamlike quality.
Languid female figures drape across the canvas, extended and intertwined - a quiet fluidity is captured in their elegantly flowing limbs. Messages of comfort are carried throughout each piece, with figures enveloping one another, holding oversized fruit, branches and flowers, creating a feeling of unity, safety, protection and nourishment for the soul. Depicted as solitary individuals as well as clustered together, these characters simultaneously represent the sense of self, those around us, as well as the different sides of our persona and various archetypes. Their long straight black hair and dark almond-shaped eyes harmonize them as sisters, curiously looking back at the viewer, asking us what we see reflected back.
The gallery will be open by appointment only. In order to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff, please note that masks are legally required for entry. To schedule an appointment, please click HERE.
The gallery will be releasing a new limited edition screen print with the artist in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition. For details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition will be on view Saturday, November 21st to Saturday, December 12th. For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email NYC Director, Jennifer Rizzo, at email@example.com