Thomas Burke: New Paintings / 2003

November 8 – December 24, 2003 Reception for the artist:  Saturday, November 8th 5 – 9pm.

Cliff Benjamin and Erin Kermanikian are pleased to announce the opening of a new space for art:  Western Project. The gallery is located in the heart of downtown Culver City, in close proximity to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Western Project will focus on emerging and mid career artists from the US and Europe, as well as special exhibitions by internationally established artists.

Western Project is proud to present the inaugural exhibition of works by Thomas Burke. This is the artist’s first solo show after graduating from UNLV last year. Burke is a resident of Bolder City, Nevada and maintains a studio in Las Vegas. The artist has worked for a year producing paintings that are at once startling, cerebral, and extravagantly beautiful. Using the computer as drawing tool, Burke constructs his images into paintings:

“.. It’s partly about logic systems and partly about the physical visual experience.  I am interested in making paintings that go, paintings whose integrated elements work in different ways at different speeds…..  I would describe the paintings as logic-based hardedge geometric abstractions.  Designed on a deteriorating logic system, they exist somewhere between the convergence of contemporary graphic design, digital technology, op and pop art, and the inheritance of hard-edge geometric abstraction.  At this point my primary effort is to make these three elements, color, design, and space, equally interesting and equally involved in the viewing experience.”

The result is works that continue the tradition of abstract painting with a memory of Frank Stella, Hans Hoffman and Sol Lewitt, with the flavor of the Futurists and their interest in technology, industry and motion. Burke’s airbrush paintings appear familiar yet feel oddly not; converging elements that are simultaneously cyber and classic with the proposition that all space is human.

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