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Chris Berti

Chris Berti

Berti’s recent work consists of human and animal figures carved from found wooden objects and old bricks.  Carving allows him to retain part of an iconic form while emphasizing the rendered image on the top portion. On a functional level, the uncarved portion serves as a pedestal to elevate the importance of the figure; on a conceptual level the uncarved portion’s nostalgic shape adds to the ethos of the figure. The figures, often in meditative, inward, and isolated poses, synthesize with the balanced form on which they stand or rest. The warm, aged surface of the wood and brick suggest time and memory.

The carved images evolve through a gradual, subtractive process.  Berti allows a form to reveal itself slowly and subtly, much like an archaeologist exposes an artifact or fossil. By slowly carving and paying attention to detail, these images can present themselves in unexpected ways. Through simplification and compactness of form, intimate scale, stylization, and delicate rendering, it is Berti’s hope that his work captures a moment or imbues a sense of mystery.

  • $450
    Chris Berti

    Red Toad No. 3

    This ethereal frog is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allowin...

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  • $675
    Chris Berti

    Black Bird

    This serene bird is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allowing ...

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  • $675
    Chris Berti

    Red Bird No. 1

    This ethereal bird is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allowin...

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  • $675
    Chris Berti

    Brown Bird

    This ethereal bird is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allowin...

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  • $650
    Chris Berti

    Black & Red Bird

    This serene bird is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allowing ...

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  • $630
    Chris Berti

    Gopher

    This mysterious gopher is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and all...

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  • $450
    Chris Berti

    Red Turtle No. 3

    This ethereal turtle is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allow...

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  • $450
    Chris Berti

    Red Turtle No. 2

    This ethereal turtle is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allow...

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  • $450
    Chris Berti

    Red Turtle No. 1

    This ethereal turtle is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allow...

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  • $450
    Chris Berti

    Blue Toad

    This ethereal frog is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allowin...

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  • $450
    Chris Berti

    Red Toad No. 2

    This ethereal frog is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allowin...

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  • $450
    Chris Berti

    Red Toad No. 1

    This ethereal frog is carved from centuries old brick which provides rich, varied colors and textures, a result of its unprocessed clay and allowin...

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  • $300
    Chris Berti

    Black Egg No. 2

    This sweet baby bird has wonderful detail and a unique smooth surface texture. It measures 1.75 x 2.5 x 1.5" and is made from carved basalt. This p...

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  • $300
    Chris Berti

    Black Egg No. 1

    This beautiful little bird has wonderful detail and a unique smooth surface texture. It measures 2.5 x 3 x 1.75" and is made from carved basalt. Pl...

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