Ute Bertog

Ute Bertog

http://utebertog.com

Originally from a small town in the Southwest of Germany, artist Ute Bertog resettled in the US in 1998. This move gave impulse to follow her life-long dream of becoming an artist after her initial training in economics and marketing. In 2005 she graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in painting. Since then she has exhibited her work locally  at  Thomas Barry Fine Arts;  the  Sellout Gallery,  the Soap Factory and Soo Visual Art Center. Regional venues include the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, MN; the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, MI; the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND and the Sioux City Art Center in Iowa. In June 2015 she will present her newest work at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis. She currently lives and works in St.Paul.Ute Bertog’s paintings are an exploration of her relationship with language. She collects words and sentences from our everyday social environment and subsequently  transfers them into the foreign arena of painting, where the writing is further revised. Covering,rewriting, tracing, scraping, continuously layering one word or phrase over the other, are processes that slowly transform the text until only a faint glimmer of legibility is left. The goal  is  to  make  language  foreign  enough  so  that  the  directness  of  comprehension dissolves and meaning has to be renegotiated, ideally bringing language back into the social realm. Ute’s approach to language is surely informed by her experience as a non-native speaker, which has afforded her a heightened awareness of language as an abstract construct. Meaning then becomes free-floating and easily separated from the sound and visual  form of  language.  This  is  where  imagination  and play  are  able  to  interject  to readily fill in any gaps, offering the chance to undermine and confuse original content.




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