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Studio Visit - Carly Berlin

Studio Visit - Carly Berlin

Studio Visit with Carly Berlin

We are thrilled to have Carly Berlin joining our Tappan family, and to mark her introduction we sat down to learn more about her artistic practice...

Q.

Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…


A.

From an early age, I’ve used art as a therapeutic process and an outlet to organize the chaos around me. Post undergrad, I moved to New York and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. It was there I was told I was a one trick pony. Although it may not have intended to be a compliment, to me it was. Two corporate jobs later and consistent interest in this one trick pony, I quit my job to launch Carly Berlin Studio, based in Tribeca. It is through CBS that I’ve been privileged enough to work with a wide range of clientele ranging from interior designers and art collectors country wide.

Q.

What is your creative process? Walk us through each stage - from coming up with ideas/themes/concepts you want to explore, to translating that into an artistic vision, to creating the physical artworks and installations.


A.

I’m endlessly stumbling upon patterns around me through architecture, nature, textiles, etc. When I have an idea for a new piece, I’ll begin drafting up concepts on sheets of paper until there’s one that stands out more than the others. Once I’m sold on the shapes and their placement in the layout, I draw out the way in which I want the gradients to appear and what direction they’ll come from. I then draw each shape out in pencil, measure the lines and begin the thousands of dots that create the gradient and always finish with the black ink.

 

Carly Berlin says

“In the land of filters and instant gratification, my work illustrates both intricacy and simplicity. I don’t often see those two characteristics coexisting so I very much appreciate that balance.”

Q.

Describe your work in three words...

A.

Organized, balanced, intricate.

 

Q.

Who are some contemporaries or figures in art history who have influenced you?

A.

I grew up in Chicago where I would frequent the Art Institute of Chicago. I was always fascinated with Georges Seurat's, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, and the pointillism. All those dots, once again, creating such a beautiful scene.

 

Q.

What influence does modern culture have on your work?

A.

In the land of filters and instant gratification, my work illustrates both intricacy and simplicity. I don’t often see those two characteristics coexisting so I very much appreciate that balance.

 

Q.

How did you come to start your gradient work and is there symbolism in the lines of dots?

A.

My gradient style began as a therapeutic process, creating balance both visually and mentally. Each dot, although so small on its own, works together to create something so much larger.

Q.

What makes you excited about the future?

A.

Our generation.

Q.

What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?

A.

Each dot on its own, is just that, a dot. All together, it becomes something greater and whole. There’s something to be said about the impact we can have in this world if we all work together. My hope is that the audience feels empowered, motivated and hopeful about the endless opportunities we have.

 

Q.

Your work is exclusively in black and white. Why are you drawn to this monochrome palette?

A.

I’m a firm believer that life is far more complicated than black and white. My work, through the gradient style, very much represents the ‘gray area’ we are so often faced with.

Q.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

A.

I’m constantly inspired by pattern and light and the way in which they work together.

 

Q.

Are there any quotes or mantras that you particularly connect with?

A.

“You can’t break something that bends” –Bethany C. Meyers

 

Q.

What makes you laugh?

A.

Sarcasm.

 

Q.

What makes you nervous?

A.

Condensation from ice coffee in the studio.

About Carly Berlin

Through the use of intricate dots in ink, Berlin’s gradient works explore the concept of balance between two opposing forces; holding on and letting go.

 

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About Carly Berlin

Carly Berlin is a visual artist based in Manhattan, NY. Working exclusively with black pen and ink, Berlin utilizes the Pointillism technique to create intricate geometric works. Through the use of intricate dots in ink, Berlin’s gradient works explore the concept of balance between two opposing forces; holding on and letting go.

STATEMENT 

“Emotions drive me. My work, piece by piece, organizes chaos and creates a simplicity through intricacy. The gradients are a balance of light and dark, symbolizing the human propensity to hold on and let go and the healthy balance between the two.” - Carly Berlin

 

EDUCATION 

2013. Fashion Institute of Technology. Associate’s Degree, Surface & Textile Design. 

2010. DePaul University. Bachelor’s Degree, Communication & Media.