Best Visual Artist
Published: September 21, 2011
Jordan Bernier’s artwork has been a humbly proliferated part of Baltimore’s visual cultural identity for the past half-decade or so in the form of show posters, zines, band art, T-shirts, and photography. His work has come to define a Baltimore look and feel, appearing on Beach House and Future Islands tees and Whartscape and Transmodern festival posters. Transitioning to include drawings, sculpture, installation, and, most recently, cut-paper video work in his repertoire, Bernier’s ambition and talents know no limits. An enthusiastic supporter of his local creative community, Bernier has always placed an emphasis on his peers in the projects he pursues, including public sculptural skate ramps, collaborative and compilation artist books, or lending his time and screen-printing skills to other artists. Despite all this, a full-time job, and pursuing a second master’s degree, Bernier has had 10 exhibitions in the past year, including a solo project in the Contemporary Museum’s Liste series where his 11-channel, 23-television video sculpture blew museum-goers’ minds.