"Wallace Berman – Why I Collected His Work"
Diana Zlotnick, as published in Newsletter on the Arts May 27, 1992
The search for a freshness, a vitality not duplicated by other experiences led me to Wallace Berman. Berman's lifestyle intrigued me. He lived in a 1 1/2 room cabin off Beverly Glen, devoting himself to art, with no outside job. Was it also that many people were clustering around him? No, it was the power of his work.
When the first verifax collage became part of my collection, I was affected by its potency.
When the first verifax collage became part of my collection, I was affected by its potency. Alive and inspirational, Berman's collaged images of hand-held transistor radios emitted a melange of silent sounds. Berman took the Verifax system, one of the earlier paper copying devices, and adapted it as an art process. Working with sensitized paper and developing fluid, in a method akin to photography, Berman manipulated imagery by the random pouring of chemical fluids. Varying the length of exposure to sunlight created patterns of light and dark. Figurative imagery was intensified and diffused by freezing the action with black and white: bleeding sepia color created drips, puddles, streams and shadows.