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Artist Uses Refrigerator Doors as Canvasses

Friday, December 15, 2017

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A Pennsylvania painter uses more than just canvases for personal expression—he uses refrigerator doors. David Berkner produces works of art on the unusual surfaces in an attempt to connect the viewer in a new way with the simple act of eating.

Refrigerator Doors

Some years ago, Berkner painted sections of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” on 30 scavenged refrigerator doors, which also doubled as an homage to Andy Warhol, according to The Morning Call. But Berkner emphasized the fact that these pieces had less to do with “The Last Supper,” and had more to do with the beauty of communal eating. This is reflected in the common practice of families using refrigerator doors as art galleries for their children’s work, as well as the door itself signifying a portal to food.

Berkner’s work is currently on display for the first time, located at the Bridge Street Gallery and Studio in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania.

The reason? This is the first time there has been sufficient gallery space.

Artist Inspiration

Berkner cited being inspired by Warhol’s “Last Supper” series, which was created for a studio space near where da Vinci’s own religious masterpiece was being restored. Warhol created more than 100 versions of da Vinici’s work, which included his traditional use of product logos and 60 smaller reproductions of the painting called “Sixty Last Suppers.”

In New York, where Berkner resided in 2000, he discovered a heap of castoff refrigerator doors that were the remnants of renovations occurring at Elaine’s, a now-defunct restaurant known for the authors and actors who frequented the place.

“I thought ‘Those look just like stretched canvasses,’” Berkner told The Morning Call.

The painter spent a few years collecting the doors from trash piles and other places, and now they hang, art and all, in the Bridge Street Gallery and Studio.

Visitors are welcome to hang photos and other items on the doors with magnets provided by the gallery. The back room of the exhibition also features Berkner’s take on Emanuel Leutze's "Washington Crossing the Delaware."

Those interested in visiting can do so by appointment until Dec. 31.


Tagged categories: Artists; Coating Materials; Color + Design; Design; North America; Paint

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