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Chris Burnside
updated: 10/20/2009
website: www.chrisburnside.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Installation at Camel Art Space
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Proposal for InPractice 2009
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Installation at Tastes Like Chicken Artspace
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Installation at Alpan Gallery
Installation at Washington Art Association
Installation at Kresge Gallery
Installation at Nexus Foundation
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, architecture, conceptual, geometric, gestural, meditative, optical, process, site-specific
 
 
Installation at Camel Art Space by Chris Burnside
Installation at Camel Art Space
Acrylic on the windows and walls
2009
144 " x  480 " 
Untitled by Chris Burnside
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Cut plywood diptych
2009
30 " x  48 " 
Proposal for InPractice 2009 by Chris Burnside
Proposal for InPractice 2009
Digital composite
2009
Dimensions variable
Untitled by Chris Burnside
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Acrylic on cut plywood diptych
2006
60 " x  24 " 
Untitled by Chris Burnside
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Acrylic and ink on paper diptych
2009
15 " x  22 " 
Untitled by Chris Burnside
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Acrylic on cut plywood
2007-08
30 " x  24 " 
Installation at Tastes Like Chicken Artspace by Chris Burnside
Installation at Tastes Like Chicken Artspace
Acrylic directly on the wall
2004
228" x  348" 
Untitled by Chris Burnside
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Acrylic and ink on paper
2009
15 " x  11 " 
Untitled by Chris Burnside
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Acrylic on cut plywood
2008
30 " x  72 " 
Untitled by Chris Burnside
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Acrylic and ink on paper
2009
12 " x  9 " 
Untitled by Chris Burnside
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Acrylic on cut plywood
2008
30 " x  24 " 
Installation at Alpan Gallery by Chris Burnside
Installation at Alpan Gallery
Masking tape directly on the wall
2007
108" x  600"  x 108" 
Installation at Washington Art Association by Chris Burnside
Installation at Washington Art Association
Acrylic, masking tape and paper directly on the wall
2006
108" x  500"  x 300" 
Installation at Kresge Gallery by Chris Burnside
Installation at Kresge Gallery
Acrylic directly on the wall
2003
240" x  144"  x 144" 
Installation at Nexus Foundation by Chris Burnside
Installation at Nexus Foundation
Masking tape directly on the wall
2002
132" x  204"  x 204" 

Artist Statement

My work consists primarily of cut/panel pieces in wood, installations and murals, and works on paper using a variety of media. In all of these I have been concerned with exploring linear elements and the built environment. The imagery alludes to architectural spaces without depicting them, creating lines that simultaneously obscure and dissolve connections to the world while maintaining a link to physical realities of ornament, texture and most importantly a viewer’s changing position.

For example, in my installations, consistent-radius circles move across and respond to walls, corners, and floors, altering and heightening the viewer’s experience of architectural space. Moving through the installation, these circles alternately transform into ellipses and arcs; they intersect and interact with other pieces of circles creating new geometries and new relationships to the space. Inside of this network, intuitive, accidental, and random marks may weave through the geometric framework distorting a rational system.

Integrating marks created out of different systems extends to the cut pieces where I develop a physical object that allows for an element of surprise and the possibility of undermining the criteria that I have set up to create a piece. I begin by separating the front and back of a piece of plywood. I then create two distinct and unrelated paintings. As both sides evolve I cut out one of the sides through the other and then glue the pieces back down, thus fusing the two works. I continue to work on the face of the painting. It is now one work where the evidence of its making reveals a tactile object that can be taken apart and reassembled visually. I use the liquid acrylic and ink works on paper to quickly sketch and move through ideas I might adapt to the installations and cut/panel pieces through a slower, more laborious process.

I want to make work that will encourage contemplation—a respite from the daily inundation and unconscious filtering of visual experience.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION 

2001   Master of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

1996   Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Seattle

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2009  Gross McCleaf Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Philadelphia
Camel Art Space, Outside the Time Zone, Christopher Rawson and Julian Calero, curators, Brooklyn

2008  National Academy Museum, 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, New York
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Inquiry, Philadelphia

2007  Alpan Gallery, Installation Wall Drawing, Cut Pieces and Works on Paper, Huntington, NY
Tastes Like Chicken Art Space, Installation, Brooklyn

2006  Washington Art Association, Installation and Drawings, Washington, CT
Real Art Ways, Benefit Auction, Hartford, CT
Artists Space, Night of 1000 Drawings, New York

2005  Eugene, Yili Art Foundation 3rd Annual Exhibition, Orlando Lima, curator, New York
SOIL Gallery, Abstaction Obstruction: Working the Meridians, Jeff Burgurt, curator, Seattle

2004  Open Air, Installation, New York

2003  Kresge Gallery, The Object: Color and Carrier, Seth Ely, curator, Ramapo College, New Jersey

2002  Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Solo Exhibition, Philadelphia

2001  Horton Gallery, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Matt Freedman, curator, Philadelphia
Fox Gallery, Two Person Exhibition, Philadelphia

2000  Meyerson Gallery, Second Year MFA Exhibition, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Meyerson Gallery, Graduate School of Fine Arts Award Winners' Show, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Meyerson Gallery, First Year MFA Exhibition, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Creative Arts Workshop, Vital Signs: Drawing as Inquiry, Robert Reed, juror, New Haven

SLIDE REGISTRIES AND AWARDS

2008  S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Prize, National Academy Museum, 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, New York

2005  Drawing Center Slide Registry, New York

2002  Real Art Ways Slide Registry, Hartford

2000  Stuart Egnal Scholarship, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Juror's Prize, 2000 National Spring Open Juried Exhibition, Barbara Grossman, juror, Wayne, PA