This painting depicts three nude figures wading in a body of water. Two of the figures have their back turned to the viewer as they carry the third, a woman who arches her back while upside down to stare back at the viewer. As they carry her away, the woman's body sways like the plants in the water moving with the current. It is unclear if the carried woman is being rescued or abducted.
Laura Berger creates sensuous paintings centered around themes of interdependence and self-understanding. This work uses intuitive color palettes and dreamlike minimalistic environments to depict archetypal figures and their interactions. The artist's work articulates experiences and memories that feel just out of reach—perhaps existing on a more spiritual or emotional plane.
Laura Berger’s sensuous paintings explore themes of interdependence and self-understanding. The artist’s compositions feature figurative archetypes, intuitive color palettes and dreamlike minimalistic environments. Initially approaching painting as a therapeutic practice, Berger’s work articulates experiences and memories that feel just out of reach—perhaps existing on a more spiritual or emotional plane.
Laura Berger was a 2021 recipient of the Hopper Prize, juried by Maria Elena Ortiz (Curator, Perez Art Museum Miami) and Shelby Nimrod (Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center).
Solo exhibitions of Berger’s have taken place at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York City (2020) and Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco (2018).
Group exhibitions that have shown Berger’s work include: LUSH at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York City (2022); Los Angeles Inaugural at Hashimoto Contemporary in Los Angeles, California (2021); Drawn Together at Unit London in London, UK (2020); Pop & Street at Hidden Champion in Tokyo, Japan (2018); Shaping The Future at Kallenbach Gallery in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2017); One Year Anniversary at Athen B Gallery in Oakland, California (2016); and Small Works: More Or Less at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York City (2016).
Berger's work has been covered in New American Paintings (2021), Juxtapoz Magazine (2020), and Harper's Bazaar (2018). The artist has worked with The New York Times, Vans, The Ace Hotel, InStyle Magazine, Marie Claire, Etsy, Bitch Magazine and Cuyana.
Berger lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.