ROLAND BERNIER
1738 Clarkson Street
Denver CO 80218
720 233-6313

EDUCATION:

B.F.A. University of Texas
M.F.A. University of Southern California

EMPLOYMENT:

Art Instructor-University of Houston
Art Instructor-Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Art Instructor-Sirovich Recreation Center, NY, NY
Art Instructor-Park Avenue Recreation Center, Denver CO

EXHIBITIONS:

“Roland Bernier Past,” Hazel Modella Gallery, Stillwater OK 2018
“Uncanny,“ Group Show, Walker Fine Art, Denver CO 2018
“Tectonic,“ Group Show, McNichols Event Center, Denver 2017
Group Show, “Amalgamated Contemplation,“ Walker Fine Art, Denver 2017
“Lost Worlds: The Graphic Art of the Holocaust,“ Group Show, Denver Public Library, 2017
Group Show, Cherokee Ranch and Castle, Sedalia CO 2016
“Roland Bernier: The Seen and Unseen,” Solo Show, Spark Gallery, Denver 2016
“Unexpected Narratives,” Walker Fine Art, Group Show, Denver, 2016
Group Show, Arvada Center for the Arts, 2015
Group Show, “Contemporary Colorado“, Fort Collins 2014
Group Show, Arthaus, Denver 2014
“Word Works,” Buell Theater, Denver 2014
“What’s In A Name,” Walker Fine Art, Denver 2013
“Still Life of Words,” Spark Gallery, Denver 2013
“Signature Series Continued,” Spark Gallery, Denver 2012
“What A Dump,” Walker Fine Art, Denver 2012
“I Gotcha Covered,” Walker Fine Art, Denver 2011
“Words–Themselves,” Spark Gallery, Denver 2011
Center for Visual Art, Group Show, Denver 2010
“100 Years of Colorado Art,” Arvada Center, Arvada 2010
“The Word Itself–Vinyl, Cardboard,” Spark Gallery, Denver 2009
“Signature Show,” Walker Fine Art, Denver, 2009
Colorado Annual Show, Foothills Art Center, Golden CO 2009
Group Show, Art Students League, Denver 2009
Colorado Annual Show, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, 2008
“Character Sketches,” Curtis Arts and Humanities, Greenwood Village, 2008
2 Artist Exhibit and Group Shows, Spark Gallery, Denver 2008
Group Show, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale AZ, 2008
Group Show, Kirkland Museum, Denver, 2008
Group Show, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO 2008
Group Show, Curtis Arts and Humanities, Greenwood Village, 2007
“Retrospective,” Walker Fine Art, Denver, 2007
2 Artist Exhibit, Spark Gallery, Denver, 2007
Group Show, “The Image of Words,” Denver Art Students League, 2007
Group Show, “Day of the Dead,” Pirate Gallery, Denver, 2006
Group Show, Curtis Arts and Humanities, Greenwood Village, 2006
Group Show, “Decades of Influence,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, 2006
Group Show, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Center, Aurora, 2006
Group Show, “Insights,” Phoenix Gallery, NY, NY, 2005
2 Artist Exhibit, Spark Gallery, Denver 2005
Group Show, Republic Plaza, Denver, 2005
Kirkland Museum, Purchase, Denver, 2005
Group Show, “Collective Memory,” Sink Gallery, 2004
Group Show, “Retrospectacle,” Denver Art Museum, 2004
Group Show, “Character Sketches,” Fresh Art Gallery, Denver, 2004
Group Show, “Repeat Offenders,” Singer Gallery, Denver, 2004
1 Man Show, Fresh Art Gallery, Denver, 2004
3 Man Show, “Not Your Type,” Singer Gallery, Denver 2004
Group Exhibition, Spark Gallery, Denver, 2004
3 Man Show, Ron Judish Gallery, Denver, 2002
Group Show, Ron Judish Gallery, Denver, 2002
Group Show, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO, 2002
1 Man Show, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus GA, 2001-2002
1 Man Show, “Between the Lines,” Denver Art Museum, 2001
Group Show, “Love 4 Sale,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, 2000
Charity Exhibition, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000
Group Show, Denver Art Museum, 2000
Group Show, All Colorado Art Exhibit, 1998
Group Show, AAA Exhibit and Travel Show, 1998
Group Show, “Strong Words,” Arvada Center for the Arts, 1998
1 Man Show, Mackey Gallery, Denver 1997
Conference of Eight, Denver Mayor’s Office, 1997
“In His Own Words,” Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997
Denver Art Museum Acquisition Show, 1996
Group Show, Art and Technology Exhibition, University of Colorado, Boulder CO, 1996
2 Man Show, Mackey Gallery, Denver, 1996
Group Show, All Colorado Art Show, 1996
Group Show, “Day of the Dead,” Pirate Gallery, Denver, 1996
Group Show, Mackey Gallery, Denver, 1995
1 Man Show, Mackey Gallery, Denver, 1995
AAA+ Traveling Exhibit, 1995
“REPRO 3,” Mackey Gallery, 1995
Group Show, “Much Ado About Something,” Denver Art Museum, 1994
Language of Art Invitational, Core Gallery, Denver, 1994
2 Man Show, Mackey Gallery, Denver, 1993
10th Annual All Colorado Artist Show, 1992
4 Denver Artists, Hassel-Haeseler Gallery, Denver, 1992
1 Man Show, Gasoline Alley, Denver, 1992
2 Man Show, Hassel-Haeseler Gallery, Denver, 1991
8 Denver Artists, Hassel-Haeseler Gallery, Denver, 1990
Colorado Artists Competition
Group Show, Tempo Gallery, NY, NY
Group Show, Modern Masters Gallery, NY, NY
1 Man Show, Upstairs Gallery, Houston, TX
1 Man show, David Gallery, Houston, TX
9 Houston Artists, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
Houston Faculty Exhibition, Art League of Houston, TX
Exhibition of Southeastern Painters, Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA
Exhibition of Southeastern Prints and Drawings, Dallas, TX
1 Man Show, Galveston Art League, TX
Beaumont Texas Annual Show
Texas Fine Art Association Annual, Austin, Texas
Butler Institute of National Exhibition, Youngstown, OH
3 Houston Artists, Oklahoma Junior Chamber of Commerce

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Artist Statement:

“To say in words what words can not say.” Victor Zuckerkandl

The works in this website are the result of years of searching and finding, losing and changing.

I began using words in my art in the early 1960’s in Houston, Texas. I am still using and experimenting with words to this day.

Initially I felt I had to break down the barriers of making sense by just listing words taken at random from the dictionary and putting them on canvas and board sometimes by themselves, at other times with designed or familiar images in which words were covered. The idea of taking the word out of context opened a new visual world for me. I continue to experiment with words, looking for and creating new relationships between the form of the word and a variety of images.

Many of the pieces have specific references both verbal and visual. I often purposely use clichés and combine them with imagery from various sources (i.e. designs and photographs that are Xeroxed). The pictures and title combine to re-invent the cliché for the viewer. Over time and repeated readings, unexpected connections and narratives are made.

To me making art is chancy and uncertain, but these are also essential ingredients for a determined innovative approach to art. This attitude led me to the technique of cutting words out of wood and creating word relief pictures as well as 3-dimensional word sculptures. Some of these pieces are covered in Xerox text or images while others are painted or I allowed the texture of the wood to help carry the idea of the piece.

There were a couple times when I put the word pieces on hold to experiment with other art forms. Once was in New York City for a period of six months when I did some pipe and cable installations. Another time was in 1984 after a long (9 year) dry period when I started doing paintings. The paintings eventually led me back to using words first in conjunction with the paintings then in words where the word itself played a major role.

The total shape of the word piece also carries interest for me. At first I used square and rectangular forms on which I layered the words. Later I used the shape of the cross. I layered words selected at random on the cross, motivated by expressions such as “star crossed,” “cross corners,” etc.

Two series which I produced in the 1990’s had to do with expressions made in films. These expressions in turn became popular in many cultures especially in his country. The first was “You talkin’ to me?” from the film Taxi Driver with Robert DeNiro made in 1977. The second was “What a Dump” uttered by Bette Davis in a film titled The Other Side of the Forest made in 1949. Albeit neither of these expressions are of mythical or Biblical proportions, I felt they were worth investigating and investing time in. The results to me were successful and satisfied my curiosity.

Ideas can be re-used for a thousand variations supplying the framework for a whole body of work rather than just a single piece. I have tried to do work that is new and exciting. Using words in various ways is my primary interest and I hope to continue in this direction.

Some people see my work and look for hidden messages or misspelled words. Well, there are no hidden messages. There may be a couple of misspelled words and you are certainly welcome to look for them. I like to think of them as typographical errors.

“Artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working.” Stephen De Staebler.