Nancy Toomey Fine Art is featuring works by Jud Bergeron, Maria Park, and Ray Turner this week in our final roundup of the Beauty in Lockdown catalogue. Jud Bergeron has been making his Foot Foot sculptures for over ten years, using a variety of materials such as cast bronze, resin, automotive paint, and ceramics. Based on the idea of fatherhood and generic abstract representations of babies, Bergeron began fabricating them shortly after the birth of his second child. Maria Park, an associate professor of art at Cornell University, continues her assessment of rudimentary and elemental aspects of life through the lens of technological interventions. Park’s work explores human presence within a media-drenched society, and in the case of the painting Stack, a conceptually dense concept wrapped in a pleasurable and comforting image of daily life. Ray Turner, inspired by the 19th century American Romantic landscape painters and their quest for the sublime, utilizes sweeping brushwork and plush applications of paint, making for resonant, seductive surfaces. For Turner, paint is always the most important element, recording expression and gesture beyond the constraints of time and space. Each artists’ aesthetics allow for the possibilities of the imagination, and nod to shared human experience.


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JUD BERGERON, My Pal Foot Foot, 2013
Slip Cast, Hand Glazed Ceramics, 12 x 6 x 6 Inches, Open Edition

San Francisco based Jud Bergeron has been making these works for 10 years in a variety of materials from cast bronze, cast resin with automotive paint, and now ceramics. This piece was originally part of an installation for a show whose theme was fatherhood. Foot Foot is a generic, abstracted representation of a baby. There is a Danish saying about having children, “one equals one, two equals a thousand,” and this saying was the basis for the original installation that was completed shortly after Bergeron’s second child was born… More »


MARIA PARK, Stack, 2018
Acrylic on Plexiglas, Mounted on High-density EPS, 36 x 30 Inches

Maria Park’s Stack, which depicts a stack of sliced bread, refers to both data structures and to layering as an analog to the sedimentation of tacit knowledge and formal instruction. This work is part of Park’s ongoing exploration of elemental components of life in a technological society, which also includes work on the OCR-A alphabet, book titles, and on minerals, crystals, and elements from the periodic table. Her work examines ways that technology intervenes in our participation in the world, and explores human presence and agency within a media-reliant society… More »


RAY TURNER, White Squall, 2014
Oil on Canvas, 44.5 x 45 Inches

Inspired by the 19th century American romantic landscape painters and their quest for the sublime, Ray Turner explores man’s domination of nature or absence from it as if both occupied a dimension beyond the constraints of time and space. His paintings become metaphors for the voyage that moves us through life, while the scenes they depict exist in a state of suspended animation, poised in a balance of poetic tensions signifying the cosmic conflict of the ephemeral versus permanence… More »


The Beauty in Lockdown catalogue works are available with special price considerations. For more information please contact:
Nancy Toomey
(415) 307-9038



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