Friday, May 18, 2012

Nancy Berry ~ For the Dance of the Light

Nancy Berry: For the Dance of the Light – Friday, May 18
·         Posted By: Kathy M.Y. Pyon
·         Posted On: 8:32 a.m. | May 12, 2012
·         VENUE:
Pacific Design Center
·         VENUE LINK:
8687 Melrose Avenue, Suite B315- 3rd Floor, West Hollywood, CA 90069

·         VENUE TIMES:
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
·         VENUE DATES:
"Nancy Berry was a highly successful music industry executive who only began making photographs six years ago. Completely self-taught, she has turned her sense of style and exploration into a visual journey of experimentation. The body of work presented for this one-day show at the Pacific Design Center was created with natural light and her creative sense — and all in camera, rather than by manipulation after the image is made. The craziest process that Berry applies is what makes me screech with delight. By her sheer confidence and boldness, she actually destroys whatever element she has utilized to create the lighting effects. I don’t know if I could do such a thing.
The pieces are beautiful and whimsical. And some are haunting while being beautiful and whimsical."
Caption: Have You Seen the Saucers, 2012 by Nancy Berry

Courtesy of the LA Times.
It was an esteemed honor to be invited to Nancy's opening last night.  Beautifully located at the PDC commonly known as the "Blue Whale," nestled in the heart of West Hollywood.  I arrived only minutes late and unfashionably early for LA. meeting a beautiful friend there not wanting to keep her waiting.  We were guided to the terrace offering gorgeous views of Cesar Pelli's 14 acre design planked against an amazing LA sunset.

I've always been a fan of Nancy's work exchanging thoughts with her on Flickr for the past three years but I wasn't prepared for the immense feeling that came over me when I entered through the glass doors.  You first see "After Midnight"  a gorgeous and explicably grand 60x44 archival Giclee print framed to perfection.  Because I was so unfashionable this allowed Jane and I to walk throughout the gallery before most of the guests arrived.  167 flawless prints on canvas and archival giclee of a mermaid like goddess of un-mistakable courageousness. Each displayed in 7 rooms and one side room.

I first saw Nancy in the Yellow Room filled with canvas's of "In Rainbow Shadowed Trees," with her shoes kicked off beside her.  I was struck by her beautiful humility and her warm radiance. I resisted the urge to hug too tightly as I was swept by the energy and excitement in the room.

While in the Blue Room I had an ethereal urge to smell the salt of the sea once again.  The boldness and romantic feel, the intricate and flawless use of light left me astonished that these were the images I once saw on Flickr.

The party began to fill with the art world from actors to writers to painters to musicians and photographers.   I had to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming for surreal was the atmosphere and the vibe.

The Black Room in which Nancy's "Koln Diaries," were displayed - my favorite series from her trip abroad last year, over flowed with a sea of brilliant people mostly dressed in their best trendy blacks all there to give their loving support of her.Their backdrop a menagerie of vivid and sensuous black and whites.  It was a pleasure meeting some of them, an experience I'm not likely to forget.

After saying goodnight to my lovely friend Jane and buzzing from the magic of the evening I began my decent home.  Getting a little turned around, around San Vicente Blvd.  I looked for my familiar spot of La Brea turning down a side street, a car erratically turned in front of me crashing into a tree.  Before I could reach for my iPhone they sped off leaving their bumper and debris behind them.  Any other night this would have been the event I suppose but I rarely breathed a word of it today reeling from Nancy Berry's extraordinary event.

Her exhibit has been extended to Sunday and if you are in the LA area I highly recommend you take a trip to the Pacific Design Center on Melrose Ave. to soak in the astonishing visions of this remarkable woman.

Thank you Nancy for generously sharing your art!




love pure
"love pure" by Nancy Berry

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