about me

My art practice involves several media: I began my artistic career as a book artist and, in many ways, aspects of bookmaking carry over into filmmaking in terms of creating a narrative through the sequencing of images. Poetry and prose frequently provide the narrative structure of my experimental films and installations. Additionally, there is a performance component to my work involving spoken word and Argentine tango which I have studied since 1995.

In all of these endeavors, poetry, film and performance, I am investigating ideas about love and loss, faith and longing in attempt to capture what is both beautiful and fleeting. The primary activity of my work is an effort to distill, slow down, observe, remember and recover these fleeting moments. Something about this kind of reflection lends the work a, perhaps, unavoidable melancholy feeling.

I rely heavily on classical ideas of beauty; I find using landscapes, figures and objects a powerful and, frankly, more pleasant way of addressing the provisional.  I am a cultivator of beauty and feeling in language and in visual art as a kind of defiance of irony and what I feel to be the ultimate emptiness of irony.

In a similar vein, I am aiming for emotional authenticity and realness; I frequently use autobiography toward that end. In poetry that is easily accomplished but in film, I might try to achieve this through the careful creation and documentation of an event and, in the editing process, I am careful not to disrupt what I feel is the natural energy of that moment captured on film.

My work appeared in the 2000 Whitney Biennial of the Whitney Museum of American Art; I have exhibited my work nationally at the Kemper Museum of Art, the Cheekwood Museum, the Masur Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA-GA).  My work is represented in several museum, corporate and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kemper Museum of Art, The Weatherspoon Museum, the High Museum and MOCA-GA. I am currently represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Further, I am the owner and curator of {Poem88}, a gallery and bookshop in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bio

Robin Bernat
Born 1965, Monroe, Louisiana
Lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia
bernatcreative [at] mac.com
Owner and curator,
www.poem88.net 

Education and Residencies

2001  American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist
1992 BFA, Printmaking, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
1988-89 Post-Baccalaureate, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
1984-87 BA, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
1983-84 Newcomb College of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Solo Exhibitions

2010 “Wishes: a collaborative film by Robin Bernat and Blake Williams, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2009 “Wishes: a collaborative film by Robin Bernat and Blake Williams, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2008  “Real Lush: Short Stories,” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2007  “American Pastoral by Robin Bernat,” Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

2003  “Robin Bernat: American Pastoral,” Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
“Shed Space,” in conjunction with artist Lisa Tuttle, Atlanta, Georgia

2002  “lamentation,” Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2001  “American Pastoral,” Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
“Panoptic Mind,” Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2000 Bernat at the Temporary Contemporary,” Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee
“quietude,” Solomon Projects, Atlanta, Georgia

1998 “effortless,” Solomon Projects, Atlanta, Georgia

1997 “Treading water; and a discovery about duration,” Nancy Solomon Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Ephemeral Eternity: Memory, Ritual, and Personal Myth in an Age of Dissolution, Gallery 72, Atlanta GA [Review]

2015  Selections from the MOCA-Ga Permanent Collection, MOCA-Ga, Atlanta, Georgia
2014 “Steal This Bike,” Mint Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

“Holiday Show,” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2012  “Exile in Eden,”  Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

2011  “Wishes” Psychoanalytic Society of Atlanta, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
“Pulse,” Abernathy Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia

2010  “Wishes,” at the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
“Give Me A Minute,” The Shirey, Brooklyn, New York
“Poetic Pathway,” collaboration with Lisa Tuttle, Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta, Georgia
“December Show,” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2008 “25th Annual Juried Exhibition,” Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana

2007  “Wandern,” Solomon Projects, Atlanta, Georgia

2006  “DIFFA: Dining by Design,” Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2005 “Hiding Places: Art in Freedom Park” collaboration with artist Lisa Tuttle, Atlanta, Georgia

2004 “Mergers and Acquisitions,” Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City Missouri
“miniature world,” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2003 “Film/Video: Georgia,” Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia

2002 “Common Culture,” Spruill Gallery, Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia
“Strange Fruit: Artists Respond to Lynching and Mob Violence,” Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2001 “Lipstick,” City Gallery East, Atlanta, Georgia
“Prints by Georgia Artists,” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2000 “2000 Whitney Biennial,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
“Atlanta Whitney Biennial Artists,” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia
“Select Gallery Artists,” Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1999 “A Woman’s Place,” Black Bear Brewing Company, Atlanta, Georgia

1997 “Norman Wagner and His Students: 34 Years,” Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia

“Nexus Press Turns 21: A Retrospective of Artists Books,” Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia and Documentary Arts, Dallas, Texas

1996 “Atlanta College of Art Alumni Juried Exhibition,” Atlanta, Georgia

1995 “Full House, “ Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
“Messages and Stories from the Everyday World,” Bathhouse Exhibition, Arts Festival of Atlanta
“Taboo: Confessions,” The Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
“National Exhibition of Artist-Made Books,” ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1994 “The Print,” Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1993 “Book Ends & Odd Books,” Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta Canada

1992 “Georgia Book Artists,” Hamburg, Germany

 

Bibliography

2010
Drennen, Eileen, “Around the Corner, a piece of Beltline art.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, July 18, 2010

2005
Fox, Catherine. “Displays enliven city park.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Thursday, May 5, 2005. page F1, F8

2003
Bembnister, Theresa, The Pitch, “Exit Interview,” October, 16, 2003
Fox, Catherine. “Life in Eight Takes. Filmmakers cover broad territory.” The Atlanta  Journal and Constitution, Sunday, December 14, 2003. page L6
Lustfeldt, Heather. “Reviews: Kansas City.” Art Papers. May/June 2003, vol
Thorson, Alice. “Refuge in the Familiar: Video Artist works through grief in demanding, moving piece.”  The Kansas City Star, Sunday, February 9, 2003 pages J 1-3.

2002
Cullum, Jerry. “Images speak to personal, world views.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Friday, October 18, 2002, page

2000
Kehr, Dave. “Taking Chances with Emerging Film and Video Artists.” The New York  Times, Friday, March 24, 2000 page E33
Cullum, Jerry. “Bernat videos explore aesthetics of transience.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Friday, April 21, 2000 page Q13
Byrd, Cathy. “Dreamscape: Robin Bernat’s quietude a layered meditation.” Creative Loafing, April 22, 2000 page 39

1999
Fox, Catherine. “Contemporary Coup,” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Sunday,December 19., 1999
Fox, Catherine. “Reflected Light shines on Atlanta with Whitney artists.” The Atlanta  Journal and Constitution, Thursday, December 9, 1999 page E1, 3.
Vogel, Carol. “Surprises in Whitney’s Biennial Selections.” The New York Times,Wednesday, December 8, 1999, page B1, 5
Fox, Catherine. “Whitney to include four Atlanta artists in Biennial.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Wednesday, December 8, 1999, page D1.

1998
Forrest, Jason. “Video creates ‘effortless’ emotion in mixed-media show.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Friday, November 20, 1998 page Q8
Leopold, Todd. “Robin Bernat creates visual poetry.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Friday, April 24, 1998.

1997
Cullum, Jerry. “A Closer look reveals commonalities of artwork.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, February, 28, page 18.
Cullum, Jerry. “Notes on the Art of Robin Bernat.” Art Papers, November/December 1997. vol
Bernstein, Susan. “Robin Bernat taps into meaning for challenging, beautiful art.” Atlanta Jewish Times, October 31, 1997.
Locke, Donald. “Solomon Sisters: Grimm, White, Shapiro and Bernat.” Creative Loafing, March 15, 1997.
Dennington, Anne. “Robin Bernat at Nancy Solomon.” Art Papers, July/August 1997, vol.
Fox, Catherine. “Faces of the Fest: Robin Bernat, artist.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Saturday, September 16, 1997.

1994
Cullum, Jerry. “Rewarding Print show plays to body and soul.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Thursday, December
Cullum, Jerry. “Paradise Found: Art Book is enchanting.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Friday, September 3, 1994.
Crenshaw, Holly. “Morningside students learn the art of creating uniquely personal books.”  The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, December 1, 1994, page E9

1993
Cullum, Jerry. “Robin Bernat, Encantado.” Art Papers, November/December: 41-2.

 

Publications:
Bright Star, Poem 88 EDITIONS, 2014

Learning to Love the Species, Susan Seydel Cofer, Circle B Press, 2008
Rick Berman: clayworker, Circle B Press 2007
Sentimental: poems and short stories, Circle B Press, 2007

Saultopaul: cabin in the wood, 2005
blue: twenty love poems and a song of  despair, Circle B Press, 1999.
waiting: eleven poems of  love and anticipation, Circle B Press, 1997.
Treading water; and a discovery about duration, Circle B Press, 1997.
Sentinel Views: Images and Stories of  Phyliss Alterman Franco, Text by Judy Henson, Circle B Press, 1997.
parts/pieces/fragments: selected works by five Atlanta writers, Circle B Press, 1996.
Evidence of  Living, Nexus Press, 1991.

 

Published Reviews:

2010 Bernat, Robin; Tauches, Karen. “Beauty, Irony, and the Found Image.” throwsheet, June 24, 2010

2004 Bernat, Robin. “Dekalb Avenue,” Art Papers. Jan/Feb 2004, vol. 28, No 1, pages, 40-41

2003 Bernat, Robin. “Nancy Spicer-Murphy and Chris Nau at ACA Gallery,” Art Papers, Nov/Dec 2003

1999 Bernat, Robin. “Unraveled,: Chastain Art Center” Art Papers. Jan/Feb 1999, page 50

1997 Bernat, Robin. “Miriam Karp, Marcia Wood Gallery.” Art Papers. May/June. 1997, page 39

Bernat, Robin. “Susan Cofer, Swan Coach House Gallery,” Art Papers. July/Aug 1997, vol. 21, issue 4

1996 Bernat, Robin. “Larry Jens Anderson,” Art Papers. Nov/Dec 1996, page 46