Nora Berman: Erotic Crystallization Inertia

2412 1/2 North Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90068
Sep 10, 2 PM - 6 PM — ends Oct 22, 2023
Imperial is pleased to announce Erotic Crystallization Inertia, an exhibition of paintings and video by Nora Berman. Berman adopts the phrase “erotic crystallization inertia” as an open poetic image, applicable to the experiences of life as well as the processes of art. In Berman’s paintings these elements churn together. Her feminine figures are seductive and archetypal. They approach narrative but evade precise meaning. Berman’s paintings communicate coded experiences, visions and dreams, without eclipsing formal autonomy. Berman has achieved a syzygetic relationship between her content and form.

In her performances, captured here in a compilation of excerpts from her ongoing regular live-streaming practice, Berman occupies a state of childlike naïveté, at times taking on a persona of innocence, at other times that of a diviner. Through her oscillating personas, musical interludes, the cameos of her other words, and a slew of visual effects, Berman’s broadcast performances condense into a totalized improvisational theater.