Bruce Burton: Short Talks with the Dead and Others
November 30, 2012 - February 1, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 30th, 7-10pm
Luminary satellite space: 2644 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, Missouri
Social Security is a constellation of 5 ‘gallery kits’ individually curated by area alternative spaces that have shuttered or shifted form within the past year, including Cosign Projects, Los Caminos, Pig Slop, Proper Gallery and PSTL Gallery. The exhibition will explore the tenuous landscape artist-run and alternative spaces inhabit and offer a glimpse into how the arts community is evolving in the present moment.
Short Talks with the Dead and Others is a site-specific installation that takes its title from a found title page torn from Hillaire Belloc’s book of the same name. It is part of a continual investigation in my work, of systems of display and, in this instance, how I might change the perception of the white cube interior of the “Isolation Room”. Within the cube a division is created with a black void onto which a tableau of enigmatic sculptural objects are placed. The void helps to guide the viewer’s encounter to individual and collective conversations within the pieces and themselves. Contained in the conversations is a potential discourse that ranges from the art historical, the personal, to the universal.
Bruce Burton (born 1974) is a Belleville, Illinois-based artist whose work investigates the mundane object, the environment, and the viewer. By taking eclectic, disparate, and often largely un-manipulated everyday materials and presenting them in an underlying though elusive ordering principle, Burton intends to re-imagine the form, function, and value of these materials and disused things.
Burton has had solo exhibitions at PSTL Gallery (2009), Sheldon Art Galleries (2008), Maps Contemporary Art Projects (2007), and Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts (2006). Group shows include A New Currency, Snowflake (2009); Perspectives, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (2007); and Live Action: An Exhibition of Interactive and Performance Art, White Flag Projects (2006).