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Presently Absent is now open at Parkland’s Giertz Gallery

Presently Absent, a collection of paintings by Tom Berenz, will be on display through March 31st at Parkland College’s Giertz Gallery.

From Parkland’s press release:

Tom Berenz blurs the lines between realism and abstraction, beauty and horror, devastation and the sublime. He uses the disaster motif as a metaphor to create conversations about personal, sociopolitical, environmental and ideological issues. The choice of images is always changing, but always returns to a pile. His paintings depict the still after a disaster, the quiet resulting from devastation.

Berenz is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Berenz has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from Northern Illinois University, and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Above image: Tom Berenz, Cake Flight, 60″ x 72″, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 2014.

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