And Now for Something Different
Bernie Seringer Jr.
August 27–September 11, 2022
On view during Open Hours, Bushel programs, by chance, and by appointment
(for appointments, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday, August 27, 5–7 pm
Bushel is thrilled to present a selection of paintings made by Bovina resident Bernie Seringer Jr. showcasing his eclectic approach to the figure, with an emphasis on the human head—some masked and impenetrable, others deeply interior.
A prolific creator, Seringer started painting at age 12 with paint-by-number kits. He painted off and on throughout a 35-year-long career at his custom leatherworking shop in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Now residing in the mountains of Bovina, New York, Seringer paints nearly every night, especially in the wintertime during the long dark months. “I sit down and start putting paint down,” explains Seringer, “then I paint whatever comes to mind.” To keep up with his copious production, Seringer picks up frames from yard sales and paints over canvases he sources from thrift stores. On the recent passing of a fellow artist friend, Seringer inherited a cache of his friend’s portrait photographs and abstract photographic prints. Seringer overpainted these colorful works, leaving remnants of the original visible; the result is a series of hauntingly poignant portrait paintings and stirring abstract compositions. Several of these generative works will be on view at Bushel.