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Tina Berning

Germany Born in: 1969
Translation in progress

In her drawings, Tina Berning constantly explores the web of relationships between conditioned aesthetics and supposed self-determination in the popular canon of contemporary visuality. With her drawings and collages, she formulates her own image of the human body, its inadequacy and its fundamental relation to beauty. Her works present studied gestures that refer to compulsion and repression. Tina Berning's works are a comment on the familiar presentation of the human being that, caught up in the interplay between voyeurism and exhibitionism, willingly subordinates itself to the rules prescribed by the media. At the same time, her drawings document the way in which dissonance is directly dependent on this convention.

Her figures are always gracefully depicted, yet their beauty usually remains imperfect. Streaks of colour lie like shadows over the delicate silhouettes, fragments applied with thread or staples, bodies come hurtling down and smudge-like blots cover the form.  Her drawings characteristically feature superimposed ruled lines, which express her exploration of the ambiguity of words.

The words that sometimes appear in her drawings (e.g. “host", “force" or “If So") only seem to give information on the content of the sheet. Consequently, these expressions can be regarded merely as tokens of an additional layer of perception, which, in addition, can be resolved only subjectively, according to each beholder's powers of observation. 

Instead of using the resources of drawing to control her subject, she constantly responds to the medium by using found material, yellowed, torn pages, scrap paper. She rescues test books, separator sheets, classified ad forms, school exercise books and old record covers from flea markets before they are thrown away, and reuses these finds as materials in her work, to render visible the traces of ageing, transience or death. 

In her drawings, Tina Berning plays with the collective figurativeness, yet at the same time she invests the people she draws with so much expression that they represent a threat to the social norm.

Tina Berning makes subtle corrections to the standard, uniform face, enabling a look of physical expressiveness to return. In her illustrations, she gives form back to the stereotypes. Even when they appear fragile and vulnerable, the faces and images of the people take on a form that is all the more resistive.

Tina Berning lives and works in Berlin developing her drawings in a daily process documented in her artist's diary on Instagram. She is also working as an illustrator for numerous international magazines and newspapers.

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Tina Berning, 06/09/2016, Drawing

Tina Berning

06/09/2016, 2016
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, Teil der Lösung II, Drawing

Tina Berning

Teil der Lösung II, 2011
8.3 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, 03/25/19 If the Opportunity Ever Arises, Drawing

Tina Berning

03/25/19 If the Opportunity Ever Arises, 2019
11.7 x 8.1 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, 08/30/17, Drawing

Tina Berning

08/30/17, 2017
11.7 x 8.2 x 0.1 inch
Drawing

$1,007

Tina Berning, Die Festung III, Drawing

Tina Berning

Die Festung III, 2019
9.4 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, 06/27/16, Drawing

Tina Berning

06/27/16, 2016
12.2 x 16.5 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,532

Tina Berning, 09/18/15 Flowers IV, Drawing

Tina Berning

09/18/15 Flowers IV, 2015
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,007

Tina Berning, 05/21/18, Drawing

Tina Berning

05/21/18, 2018
11.7 x 8.2 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, Adagio, Drawing

Tina Berning

Adagio, 2019
5.9 x 3.9 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$471

Tina Berning, 10/09/15, Drawing

Tina Berning

10/09/15, 2015
8.3 x 11.7 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, 11/09/15 For Now, Drawing

Tina Berning

11/09/15 For Now, 2015
11.4 x 8.1 x 0.1 inch
Drawing

$1,007

Tina Berning, 10/14/15 Hard to See, Drawing

Tina Berning

10/14/15 Hard to See, 2015
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, 11/09/16 Brother, Drawing

Tina Berning

11/09/16 Brother, 2016
11.7 x 8.1 x 0.1 inch
Drawing

$1,007

Tina Berning, 02/28/19, Drawing

Tina Berning

02/28/19, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, 03/17/17, Drawing

Tina Berning

03/17/17, 2017
7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$860

Tina Berning, 02/19/16, Drawing

Tina Berning

02/19/16, 2016
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,007

Tina Berning, 02/12/19, Drawing

Tina Berning

02/12/19, 2019
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, 02/09/16, Drawing

Tina Berning

02/09/16, 2016
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

Tina Berning, 01/26/16, Drawing

Tina Berning

01/26/16, 2016
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,090

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