Trent Berning

Relics From Youth

September 3 - October 15, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 3, 4-7 PM
Artists Talk: Friday, September 16, 11 AM

About the Exhibition

Port Orange ceramicist Trent Berning has been represented by Arts on Douglas since 2014 and for this display, he explores concepts of youth, memory, and the passage of time through a collection of highly textured sculptural forms. In his artist statement, Berning elaborates, "As I enter my second decade of being a father, I can’t help but reflect on my children's childhood experiences versus my own.  The juxtaposition between these two experiences is the basis of this body of work."

Berning uses clay along with other materials, such as metals, nails, and shells, to create thick, rough textures that mimic the look of gathered rocks and even wood grain.  He elaborates that the textural quality of this work is “meant to suggest excavated relics as if pulled from the bottom of the ocean or mined from a memory." He continues, “at the same time, the gritty tactile experience of the relics is inspired by the raw earth, which was a significant part of my childhood growing up in a farming community.”   READ MORE

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Past Exhibitions at Arts on Douglas: