From Architect to Artist: Public Art by Charles Bergen, AIA

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When

01/30/2019 10:00 am - 03/29/2019 5:00 pm

Cost

Free

Where

421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Charles Bergen, AIA practiced architecture for 22 years until his lifelong passion for art intervened. After two summer residencies at Salem Art Works in upstate New York, Charles founded his art practice and began a career as a professional sculptor. Over several years, Bergen experimented with a range of materials—mostly metal and wood—and subjects: animals such as birds, dolphins and fish; and figures like Chuck Brown and Theodore Roosevelt. Bergen’s affection for animals and nature, combined with history, is evidenced in his body of work with sculptures that appear playful and decorative, yet serious and functional. With his artwork, he manages to strike a balance between imagery and narrative, demonstrating just enough to invite curiosity, imply a story, and inspire appreciation. This exhibition presents drawings, photographs, and objects from selected projects completed by the artist since 2014.