[Originally in VAS and The Huffington Post]
Bert Long takes Carl Jung’s “Red Book” — or “Liber Novus,” the Latinate version of “New Book” — as a point of departure for some stellar art dredged from the recesses of his own psyche. He tapped into, tamed and framed interesting images that either work as acrylic on canvas or as a composite of photographic images, paint and unusual presentation techniques. For example, “It” shows us an amorphous dark shape indicative of an embedded memory or psychic event that is (literally) funneled out for our viewing.
Meanwhile, “Creativity Imprisoned” is anything but. It’s loosened fare that shows Long peering at us from behind bars. He’s locked inside this strangely surreal world; however, one gets the feeling he’s definitely unfettered. He’s come undone — and that’s a good thing. In fact, the whirring fan-like image in the foreground intimates the velocity at which Long’s psyche spins. It’s fast forward.