These paintings by Pearl Beerhorst are the work of a serious young artist who has completely sidestepped the typical art school trajectory. What she has done instead is find lodgings with a small cluster of young artists and musicians her own age in an old house where her expenses can be kept to a minimum. She works only part time and spends as much time as she can creating her work which is developing beautifully. In part because of her unique talent along with her self education, her work stands out as different from a lot of what we see trending these days on tumbler and pinterest boards in the visual art categories.
There is one strong common ingredient I see that Pearl has with contemporaries and that is a powerful draw to the natural world. The characters who inhabit these urban prairies studded with rust belt remains have more in common with the animals repopulating the landscape then they do with cell phones, pop music or fast food. It is as if these sensitive depictions of young people living out mythic roles in rewilded urban environments becomes a prophetic cry to rediscover a meaningful intimacy with the natural world. When this actually happens perhaps then we can turn the corner to becoming more human.
Pearl Beerhorst will be having a show of her drawings at MadCap Coffee house from November 17th to January 4th. Pearl's last show at Rowsters in November- December of 2013 came close to selling out so if you are invested in getting an early peek at what will be available please contact me for an appointment, firstname.lastname@example.org.