Parker's Box



Born 1953 Los Angeles, CA. Lives and works Brooklyn, NY

John Bjerklie has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over two decades. He is an artist whose interest in art making has always been rooted in a need to give form to the sense of presence that underlies our everyday experience. His work includes painting, sculpture, collaborations, installations, performances, and transparent drawings executed directly onto television screens.

He holds a BFA from the Maine College of Art and an MFA from Washington University in St Louis. Mr Bjerklie has shown with Lennon-Weinberg Gallery, AU Base Gallery and Parker's Box in New York City. He has shown with the Neville-Sargent Gallery in Chicago, Elliot Smith Gallery in St Louis and Galerie du Tableau in Marseille, France.

Mr Bjerklie has been a resident at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and the Ateliers Triangle in Marseille France. He has been a visiting artist at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Washington University, Webster University, Fairfield College, University of Missouri at Columbia and the Ecole Superieure Des Beaux Arts, Marseille. He has taught in various capacities at Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College and the Maine College of Art. He is currently an independent artist living in Brooklyn, NY and serves on the board of the Triangle Artists Residency Program in New York City.

SOLO shows
2009 When A River Changes Its Course, Parker's Box, Brooklyn, USA
2008 K.O. Hothead/Coolhead 2008, Gatewood Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
I Am Not A Candidate: Hothead-Coolhead/On the Move USA 2008!, Endicott College, Boston, MA
2006 Dreams & Delusions, The Phatory, New York City, NY
Do Not Be Afraid, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Parker's Box, NYC, NY
Do Not Be Afraid of the Flotsam, SCAD Galerie Bleue, Savannah, GA
Do Not Be Afraid to Dance, All Over Town, Savannah, GA
KBRD 2000, CR3, Savannah, GA
2003 Work in Progress, Union University, Jackson TN
1997 Project Room Installation, Au Base Gallery, New York City, NY
Sculpture Park for the Birds, Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY
AIR, Friche De La Belle De Mai, Triangle France, Marseille, France
1996 Galerie du Tableau, Marseille, France
1994 Malaparte Theatre, New York City, NY
Taylor University Gallery, Upland, IN
1988 Paintings and Sculpture, Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Sculpture, Neville-Sargent Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987 Bjerklie at MOSSA Center, MOSSA Center-Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1985 Angelic Forms, Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Krannert Fine Arts Gallery, Anderson College, Anderson, IN
1984 Angelic Forms, Gordon College Art Gallery, Gordon Conwell Seminary, Boston, MA
GROUP shows
2010 WNTRSLN, Parker's Box, Brooklyn, USA
Ten Years Hunting, Parker's Box Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Blackwell and Bjerklie's World Tour, Art Lot, Brooklyn, USA
2008 From Brooklyn with Love, Parker's Box, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Marseille Artistes Associes, 1997-2007, Musee D'Art Contemporain, Marseille,France
2005 Return on Investment, New England College of Art, Boston, MA
Floating Studio, Floating Studios, Lawrence, MA
Ecstasy 2 x 3, Parker's Box, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Big, Red & Green, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Enriched, Parker's Box, Brooklyn, NY
2002 Phoenix, Parker's Box, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Four Walls Projects
Drawings for Sculpture, Studio Fachetti, Brooklyn, NY
2001 Summer Show, The Painting Center, New York City, NY, curated by David Fratkin
2000 The TV Show, Soapbox, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Sandra Korsak
1999 Invisible, Calvin College Art Center, Grand Rapids, MI, curated by Conrad Bakker
The Crest Hardware Show, Crest Hardware, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Gene Pool
1998 All That Is Solid, Socrates, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Gramercy Art Fair, Au Base Gallery, New York City, NY
Tenri Biennale 1998, Doyusha Gallery, Japan Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Fukuoka Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
Aicha Museum of Art, Aicha, Japan
1997 It Does Not Follow, Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, New York City, NY
Wicked, Wonderful, Wooly. . . So Williamsburg!, Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Reunion, Long Island University Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Luisa Caldwell and Kathleen Gilrain; sponsored by the Sculpture Center
1995 Six Sculptors, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Marion Griffiths, Sculpture Center, NYC, NY
Ultra Piney Xmas, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York City, NY
1994 Art, Faith and the New Spirituality, Webster University Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Tokyo-New York, Tamayo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1993 Collage and Assemblage, Lennon-Weinberg Gallery, New York City, NY
Triangle Artists, Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
1991 Brooklyn Artists, Webster University Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Drawing After Image/Image After Drawing, Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, New York City, NY
1989 Breaking Ground, Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, New York City, NY
Fortune Legacy, Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
1987 Bjerklie/Holland/Sjervelt, Neville-Sargent Gallery, Chicago, IL
1986 10th Annual Small Works Competition, New York University Gallery, NYC, NY
Gallery Artists, Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1985 Fortune Artists, Bixby Gallery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Hoyt National Drawing and Painting Show, Hoyt Institute of Art, New Castle, PA
1984 The 27th Annual Chautauqua National Exhibit of American Art, Chautauqua Art Association, Chautauqua, NY
1980 Washington University, St. Louis, MO: MFA, Painting
1977 Maine College of Art, Portland, ME: BFA, Painting
1971-73 Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY: undergraduate work, Painting
2009 Aaron Short, "Feel Hot and Cold About Parker's Box's Latest Exhibition", Williamsburg Courier, January 16
2007 Karen Wilkin, "At the Galleries", The Hudson Review, March
2006 Andrea Liu, "John Bjerklie at Parker's Box", Art US, May
2004 Karen Wilkin, "The Biennial and Beyond", The Hudson Review, September
Holland Cotter, "Sampling Brooklyn, Keeper of Eclectic Flames", The New York Times, January 23
2002 Valerie Livingston, "International Residencies, Dumbo, NYC: an interview with John Bjerklie", The Brooklyn Rail, Fall
1998 Jane Ingram Allen, "Inspiration and Renewal: Sculpture Residencies", Sculpture, February Tenrikyo Doyusha, "Tenri Biennial '98", March
1997 MMC Gallery: 1996-1997 Exhibitions by Karen Harris, May
Frances Chapman, "Williamsburg Natives, Pioneers, and Art", Waterfront Week, February 24
1996 Radio Grenouille 88.8, "Entrevue", December 12
Alun Williams, "Petites Nouvelles", C'est La Friche, September 13
Jennifer Borum, "Six Sculptures", Long Island University, June
1995 Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, "The Ultra Piney Xmas Gift Guide '95", December
Blender (CD ROM magazine), "Cathode Ray Canvas: John Bjerklie", November
Robert Duffy, "Art, Faith and the New Spirituality", St. Louis Dispatch, February 7
1991 Carol Shepley, "St. Louis to Brooklyn: 7 Artists Migration", St. Louis Dispatch, October 4
1989 Joan Levinson, "Live Art", Riverfront Times, January 17
Harper Barnes, "The Legacy of Fortune: Good Art and Good Business", St. Louis Dispatch, January 29
1988 Nancy Rice, "Bjerklie Constructions are Threatening, Playful", St. Louis Dispatch, February 24
Joan Levinson, "Mixed Media", Riverfront Times, February 10
1987 Joanna Frueh, "John Bjerklie: Paintings and Sculpture, MOSSA Center", St. Louis Dispatch, May 20
1985 Suzy Cheston, "Angelic Forms", KWMU-FM, May 30
Patricia Degener, "Crowded Canvases and Formalist Combats", St. Louis Dispatch, June 25
Herb Grailnick, "His Own Direction, Bjerklie's Work Strong", St. Louis Globe Democrat, June 9
John Paul Wolfe, "Strong Solo Exhibition by John Bjerklie", West End Word, June 6
2008 University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Artist in Residence, Greensboro, NC
2006 Savannah College of Art and Design, Artist in Residence, Savannah, GA
1998 Doyusha Prize Winner, Tenri Biennale '98, Tenri, Japan
Socrates Sculpture Park, New York City, NY
1997 Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY
1996 Friche de la Belle de Mai, Ateliers Triangle, Marseille, France
Mustard Seed Foundation, Arlington, VA
Artists' Assistance Network, New York City, NY
1993 Triangle Artists' Workshop, Pine Plains, NY
1976 Malden Bridge School of Art, Malden Bridge, NY

Parker's Box
193 Grand St. Brooklyn, NY 11211