Jay Zerbe

Artist Statement

The contrast of chaos with order provides the structure for my work. The appearance of order breaks down under scrutiny, which mirrors my understanding of reality. My emotions seek pattern and rationality, while my intellect sees mismatched parts and ambiguous systems. The core of my work revolves around juxtaposing these diverse structures and their uncertain references.

Bio

Mr. Zerbe completed a BA from the American University of Beirut, and an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington. His professional art career began in 1968 in Beirut with several exhibitions. His work was first shown in Chicago in the 1977 Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition at the Art Institute. Mr. Zerbe has worked as a graphic designer (PBS), web designer (IBM), and virtual world designer (IBM). He now works full time as an artist. His work has been shown in Chicago, Santa Fe, New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, Omaha, Lincoln, Novato, Nacogdoches and Michigan City. He has representation in Chicago IL, Grand Rapids MI, and Nashville TN.

Exhibitions

Slightly Obsessive (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery, Douglas, MI

Anthology 2016 (group exhibit)
Van Der Plas Gallery
New York, NY

Everyone In The Pool! (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery, Douglas, MI

Kindred Spirits
Greenville Center for Creative Arts
Greenville, SC

Abstruse Daydreaming
Jay Zerbe and Meredith Setser
Lubeznik Arts Center, Michigan City, IN

Collective Alchemy (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2015

Let’s Get Started (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery Grand Rapids, MI

Jay Zerbe
Buchanan Arts Center Buchanan, MI

Process (3-person exhibit)
Hairpin Arts Center Chicago, IL

Lookie Here (group exhibit)
LaFontsee Gallery Grand Rapids, MI

Steamroller Artists
Lubeznik Arts Center Michigan City, IN

2014

Modern Twist
LaFontsee Gallery Douglas, MI

Steamroller Prints
Walnut Ink Gallery Michigan City, IN

Steamroller Artists
Walnut Ink Gallery Michigan City, IN

Inaugural Exhibit LaFontsee Gallery Douglas, MI

2013

Zerbe: small paintings
Bank of America, Chicago

Zerbe: large paintings
300 S Riverside Plaza, Chicago

Zerbe: collages and paintings
Blink Contemporary Art
Walnut Ink Gallery Michigan City, IN

Working it Out, group show
The Painting Center NewYork, NY

Reveal/Conceal, 3-person show
LaFontsee Douglas, MI

Solo Exhibit, “zerbe : collage”
Univ. of Colorado Denver
Anschutz Medical Campus, Health Sciences Library
Aurora, CO

Solo Exhibit, “ambiguous references”,
Purdue University
North Central, Westville, IN

2012

Gallery Artists
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

Gallery Artists
CAB, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibit
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

Natural/Constructed Spaces II
The Painting Center New York, NY

Eleven Abstract Artists, Modern Arts Midtown
Omaha, NE

2011

Gallery Artists
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

inaugural group exhibition
Park/Schreck Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010

December Exhibition
Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

Gallery Artists
Marji Gallery & Contemporary Projects
Santa Fe, NM

“Remodernists”
Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

Summer Exhibition
Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

Union Square Lofts
(curated by Douglas Frohman)
Chicago, IL

Texas National 2010
(juried national exhibit of paintings – juror: judy pfaff)
Nacogdoches, TX

Favorites from the MAM Collection(paintings)
Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

2009

“Dreams & Revelations” (juried national exhibit)
Marin MOCA, Novato, CA

“Studio Exhibit” group show (paintings)
Tony Fitzpatrick Studio, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibition (paintings)
Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE

One person exhibition of paintings
Mobili Möbel, Chicago, IL

1982

“The Salon Show”, Randolph Street Gallery,
Chicago, IL

1981

One person exhibition of paintings and gouaches
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

1980

One person exhibition of paintings and drawings
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibition
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

1978

“Three Artists” Exhibition
Bernal Gallery, Chicago, IL

1977

76th Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition
Art Institute of Chicago

1973

M.F.A. Exhibition, Fine Arts Museum
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN