Simon Berson

Collection

About the artist:

Simon Berson Education 

Pratt Institute — 1972

Fairleigh Dickinson University,  BFA (MCL) 1977

Artist Statement 

Growing up in New York City had many advantages. I used to skip school and spend days at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Modern Art and the Guggenheim museums. The influence of Tanguy, Duchamp, Picasso, Calder, Kandinsky, Nevelson, Bontecue, and many others, is apparent in my work. I spent 30+ years as a technical writer/illustrator, in various corporations (my love of electro-mechanics is also apparent in my work).

The collage/mixed media pieces begin with a series of organic part drawings, these are created from imagination in high contrast to the technological components that were thoughtfully supplied by several technical journals.

The shapes and forms are then cut out and inter-related with glue, to create the piece. I don't pre-plan the outcome, I rely on serendipity, and usually with surprising fresh results in the process of assembly/combining. I aim for a kind of balance of organic/inorganic. The basic nature of the work, it's quanta, are the individual parts. This approach to making art took a long time to mature. The method I use is why I call it “Industrial Surrealism”.

An observer puzzles over the resultant images of the combined forms.  Do these images depict a kind of machine, something bio-mechanical, or an alien lifeform or landscape? In any case, the work invokes a thoughtful response, a kind of “Brain Candy”.

The sculptures follow a similar pattern of creation. Collected parts/hardware, found objects, and some original components, all wired together. Some have built-in illumination.

Selected Exhibition History 

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition New York, NY (1970-1972)

Salmagundi Club, NY (1972)

Bergen County Chamber of Commerce, Paramus, NJ (1973)

Art in the Park, Montclair, NJ (1973)

Burlington County Hospital, Burlington, NJ (1974)

The Red Barn Gallery. Ridgewood, NJ (1975)

Gallery Elizabeth, Chicago, IL (1977)

International Sculpture Exhibition, Boston MA (1978)

Rene's Gallery, Soho, NY (1980-1984)

Sharp Electronics Corp. Mahwah, NJ (1982 - 1990)

Crestron Electronics, Inc. (1999-2012)

The Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro, NY (2002)

Art in the Park, Hillsdale, NJ (2003)

The Star Gallery, Middletown, NY (1999 - 2003)

The Stray Cat Gallery, Bethel, NY (2012)

The Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY (2013)

The River Tree Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME (2014)

The Cooper-Finn Gallery, Millbrook, NY (2015)

Maryland Fine Arts (Circle Gallery) Annapolis, MD (2016)

Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2018)

Zurich Art Walk, Zurich, SW (2019)

Artists and Charity, Palm Beach, FL (2019)

Continuum, West Palm Beach, FL (2019)

The Arts Council of Martin County, Stewart, FL (2020)

Employment History 

2016~2021: Ferrari/Berson Studios, Las Vegas, NV and Fort Lauderdale FL

2002~2013: Crestron Electronics, Inc., 15 Volvo Drive, Rockleigh, NJ

1999~2002: Telcordia Technologies, Piscataway, NJ

1998~1999: Metropolitan Life, Madison Ave, New York, NY.

1997~1998: Ernst & Young, Carlstadt, NJ

1980~1997: Sharp Electronics Inc., Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ

1972~1980: Minolta, Ramsey, NJ

1969~1972: Heathkit, Fairlawn, NJ

1966~1969: USAF