Growing up in New York City had many advantages. Berson used to skip school and spend days at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. The influence of Tanguy, Duchamp, Picasso, Calder, Kandinsky, Nevelson, Bontecue, and many others, is apparent in Berson's work. Tempered by 30+ years as a technical writer and illustrator for a variety of manufacturers.
Artist: Simon Berson
Based in Florida, United States
Culturally Arts Collective features:
"Hidden Eyes", April 15-May 27 2022, Milostka Center for Exhibitions
What do you aim to say by the themes in your art?
I call what I do "Industrial Surrealism". Having spent many years in various manufacturing companies as a technical writer/illustrator (the best paying job you can get with a BA in fine arts), I apply some of their techniques and methods to my artwork. I begin by crafting some individual parts, cutting them out, and assembling them into an overall super-structure that can support the technological components that were thoughtfully supplied by various technical journals. The piece creates paths of imagination, and internal storytelling. I like to think of it as a kind of Brain Candy.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My childhood was spent in NYC, often skipping school to go to museums. I was always attracted to surrealism and its dreamy qualities.
Do you have experiences that impacted your art?
I actually began my art career in the USAF, I was a telephone lineman with access to a lot of scrap wire. I began to make small wire sculptures, and painted my first portrait.
Do you feel your art challenges existing barriers?
If art doesn't challenge, it isn't interesting.
What are your long-term artistic goals?
I cannot help myself now, I am obsessed with art-making. I shift from 2D to 3D frequently, which helps to keep both sides fresh.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
That depends on the individual. But I know that it takes a lot of money to be a famous artist. It's not how good you are, it's more of who you know.