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Christopher Burk: Deluge

April 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

flood paintings

update 3/13/2020:
We regret that we must postpone the opening reception for Christopher Burk’s newest exhibition, Deluge, which was scheduled for Friday, April 3rd from 5:30-8PM. This newest body of work is quite incredible, and we very much look forward to sharing it with you at a later date this spring.

Christopher Burk: Deluge unveils a new series of distinct, austere oil paintings by the artist. Known for his exquisite representation of stillness in urban landscape, Burk ventures into new ground with this series of flood paintings. These compositions are void of the representations of human life that are typically signifiers of his work – an alleyway with a lone dumpster, a house with a single lit window. However, these new works still continue Burk’s interest and investigation into human environments.

Deluge depicts seas of browns, greens, and blues with tinges of unexpected color – salmon, mint and periwinkle. An exceptional colorist, Burk presents what at first appears to be abstract compositions. Upon further inspection, fields of color become water escaping its usual boundaries; blocks of earth emerge from muddy waters; ghostly shapes reveal inundated manmade paths. What Burk so cleverly imparts is not physically painted on the canvas. What exists here is a deluge – a great flood, an inundation, a sense of overwhelmingness.

On the surface, the work can appear melancholic. Stark reminders of the world’s increasing climate disasters, images of which are the impetus for this series. Conceptually, the development of the flood series evolved for Burk after viewing media images from Hurricane Florence. In these views of eerie and still environments, Burk found intriguing colors and patterns emerging from the landscape. Forms became increasingly simplified and profound within the bird’s-eye vantage point. What is most remarkable about the series is the tone and aura he imbues in his paintings. The fields of color become serene, almost hopeful, sites for meditation or contemplation, recollecting the idea of a flood myth, making a clean state in which to start over.

Christopher Burk lives and works in Columbus, OH. Recent awards for his work include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2018), an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council (2019), and a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Museum of Art (2019). Works from his flood series will be exhibited at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art in May 2020. Burk was just awarded a residency for January and February 2021 at the prestigious Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut.

Christopher Burk: Deluge opens on April 3, 2020 with a reception from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through April 26th. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Michelle Brandt for more information at 614.223.1655.

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