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First Impressions: Digital watercolors of Princeton by Dr. Michael Berger

 His newest image is of a rower on Lake Carnegie by the bridge. Earlier works include Einstein’s house, the Mercer Oak (original), Nassau Street (Spring & Fall), Nassau Hall, and a Princeton ‘Arch’.


 


 

When: August 5 – August 28, 2004

Hours: by appointment only
11:00 AM to 5PM
Thursday - Saturday
Call to set up a time:
609-921-1142

Where: The Williams Gallery
6 Olden Lane
Princeton, NJ


Lake Carnegie © 2004 Michael Berger



112 Mercer Street, Princeton
 © 2001 Michael Berger

 

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About the Exhibit:
The Mercer Oak was rendered by the artist after a visit to Princeton in March of 2000 – just one week before the famous tree was ravaged by a storm on March 8 of that year. Berger calls his inkjet painting of 112 Mercer Street his "a homage to Albert Einstein". Upon careful examination, it includes some Einstein artifacts – an extract from his 1905 landmark paper on spatial reality and portions of significant equations about relativity. Foremost, 112 Mercer Street was a house and home, but with the underlying significance and overlay of history.

Michael Berger is an accomplished photographer and scientist who holds ten patents. As one of the inventors of Polaroid Corporation’s 35 mm instant slide film, he has had experienced blending art and science to create new imaging systems. For years, Berger has used cameras and darkroom techniques to achieve impressionistic images. He added the computer to his repertoire several yeas ago.

Michael Berger grew up near New York City. He studied chemistry at Cornell University and went on to obtain a doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University in 1972. Joining Polaroid Corporation in 1976, he used his technical expertise in the photographic field and holds ten patents. As one of the inventors of Polaroid Corporation's 35 mm instant slide film, he has had experience in blending art and science to create new imaging systems. For years Berger has used cameras and darkroom techniques to achieve impressionistic images, and he added the computer to his palette five years ago to achieve a new range of expression. Berger exhibits and lectures internationally on his art".

Berger explains: "I love the bravado and boldness of Impressionism. Because the sharp edge of reality of the impressionist paintings is often obscured, the suggestive begins to dominate the definitive, and the viewer is pulled into the picture and forced to fill in the other details. Many of these other details aren't even visual; our other senses make the image come to life as a multi-sensual experience. Not merely a factual recording, the best impressionist images evoke feelings .I am fascinated with the intersection of art and technology; how technology both enables and encumbers new visions and new ways of perceiving the world around us. I have discovered that using the computer as a tool in the creative process has changed the way I take photographs, since I can pre-visualize the final digital painting. Now my original photographs are like sketches, which I use as guides and references when I paint .I also feel a great kinship with the Impressionist painters of the last century, with their excitement as new technology radically changing their aesthetic. The Impressionist painters took advantage of the new technologies of the late 1800's -- new brushes, new pigments -- and discovered new ways to interpret what they saw. I see us, 100 years later, at the same point, but working with electronic color to produce new visions of the world around us. I use digital technology to go beyond the camera lens, revealing the ordinary images from our everyday life as really extraordinary events."

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