San Francisco

Bernice Bing

Bernice Bing Studio

I knew that Bernice Bing’s paintings had altered to a new course so I invited myself to her studio. She spent a year at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur doing a Jungian, mystical, encounter group period of study. The prototype comes from there. It is like a Chinese landscape with subtle painting in concert with rough and feathered brushiness, but foggy stripes keep a figure entrapped in an unknown space. Bernice Bing puts her life wherever it takes her into her paintings, and back in San Francisco the prismatic stripes cross a mask-like face of pipe smoking placidity, but with bullets in its eyes, a tightened screw at the ear, and a red neck. This was painted while she was working with minority neighborhood art programs. The most recent painting is a large allegorical painting about the enlightenment of women, still trapped by the vibes, but also possessed by ecstasy. A knowledge pyramid

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