Ken Berman


Ken Berman
Oil, Acrylic & Colored Pencil

 

I was born in Northern New Jersey in 1966 and received my undergraduate degree in Architecture from Lehigh University and my Masters degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Building forms have always interested me and are the primary inspiration for my work. Since I was an undergraduate at Lehigh University, where I was surrounded by the Bethlehem Steel Mills, I’ve explored my inner ‘factory’ with the goal of creating a visual language that expresses my theories of art and life.

I loosely describe my artwork as Industrial with architectonic and mechanical influences referencing Cubism, Constructivism, Dadaism and the Steampunk movement. Some have misinterpreted my work as being just about machines; however, whereas the components are portrayed in a mechanical way their purpose is intentionally abstract and left to the viewer to discover. Part of the discovery is in the variety of interpretations of our industrialized/technological world and the suggestion of movement and purpose through the use of static and dynamic elements that comprise the industrial aesthetic.

I believe that my role as an artist is not to find answers for others but instead to pose questions and create challenges that require the viewers to search for purpose in their own lives. Ultimately, the resultant is the understanding that the concept of purpose not only gives our lives meaning but also differentiates us from the rest of the animal kingdom.