The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ard Berge
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Ard Berge
June 1 through September 7, 2018
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My paintings explore the American landscape as a site of personal expression and social transformation. Foregrounding observed scenes of contemporary life, they at once reference America's landscape painting tradition while revealing the social, cultural, and economic pressures that continue to redefine these environments. In the 21st century, we have the illusion of being able to control nature. My painting process acknowledges that we are but an element within it.

Created from life, the imagery invites reflection on scenes that at first glance might appear to privilege the pastoral. Ultimately, the work addresses signs of inexorable change.