Artist Statement [ visit personal website ]
I am interested in the interface between technology and tradition both technically and conceptually. In the most recent work some of the prints have become more abstract while others invoke references to Venetian art: Gianbattista and Gian Domenico, Tiepolo and Tintoretto.
I am currently making three- dimensional “angel” prints on fabric, some based on Byzantine, early medieval and baroque angels/devils I have seen on my many trips to Italy, particularly in Florence, Siena, Assisi, Padova and Venice. I have also been using images of moths as sources for these flying creatures. They represent the good, bad, fanciful, hopeful, hubristic, and spiritual aspects of human nature that reside in all of us.
Edward Bernstein is Professor of Art and Co-Head of Printmaking at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Director of the Indiana Summer Program in Printmaking and Artists Books at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. He received his MFA in printmaking from Indiana in 1973. He studied with S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris, holds a B.F.A, painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a B. A. Honors political science from Miami University, Ohio. Bernstein has two regional grants from the American National Endowment for the Arts and the Society of American Graphic Arts Award for Excellence. Professional appointments include: Oxford University (UK), UC Berkeley, and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, He exhibits his work regularly in major national and international juried and invited exhibitions and has been a visiting artist in the US, Canada, and Europe. His work has been published in major books and journals on printmaking and is in the collections of museums in the US, United Kingdom, and China.