Rosalux Member Since 2014
Ute Bertog’s work is a continued meditation on the relationship between painting and
language. Especially intrigued by the hesitant relationship between abstraction and words, she reflects on those moments that leave you speechless and without words. In colorful oil-paintings of various sizes she actively reaches for words that matter, hopefully beyond the clichéd. Erasing, changing, re-creating fragments of found text establish a practice of finding such words, however awkwardly. Not seeing herself as a
writer, she nevertheless understands the process of painting very much akin to writing, aprocess of constant editing and change. Her goal is to create the right conditions, where imagination and play are readily filling in any gaps, offering the chance to reinterpret original content.
Ute Bertog received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MBA from the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. Past solo exhibitions include the Kiehle Gallery at St. Cloud State University, MN and the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, MN. Group shows include the Soo Visual Arts Center, grayDuck Gallery in Austin, TX, Thomas Barry Fine Arts in Minneapolis, Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND
and the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, IA. She currently lives and works in St. Paul, MN.