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"Ricky Bernstein: Kitchen Dreams"
2005-06-18 until 2005-10-16
Fuller Museum of Craft
Brockton, MA, USA United States of America

Have you ever had a day where everything just goes wrong? Glass artist Ricky Bernstein has and he has captured those moments of frustration which we all face in oversize glass cartoon wall reliefs. Minor mishaps of modern life are humorously depicted in beautifully bright and light colors in Ricky Bernstein: Kitchen Dreams, on exhibit at Fuller Craft Museum June 18 through October 16, 2005. Bernsteinís painted glass and aluminum cartoons are humorous social satire with an underlying humanity to which everyone can relate.

Bernstein pokes fun at, and commiserates with, characters wrapped up in the dramas of daily life. One man plays tug of war with his dog over a shoe, another tries to untangle himself from a telephone cord, and a woman looks in despair at a clock as she struggles to clean a never ending pile of dirty dishes. His hilarious characters are caricatures of Americans who are overworked, overwhelmed and short on time.

Bernstein describes his characters as ďA slice of Americana, going about their daily lives with the barest degree of composure. As they round the next corner looking warily over their shoulder they sigh, take a deep breath, and wonder what could possibly happen next? Mostly they hang on for the big ride, and hope for the best,Ē says the artist.

In Kitchen Dreams Bernstein has stretched the limits of glass, using it as a comedic tool as well as social commentary to produce portraits of characters that make us laugh at ourselves.


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