The Modernist Landscape
May 3rd through June 28th 2019
Opening May 3rd 6-9pm
Artist: Christopher Burke, Seth Clark, and Andrea Jensen
The pursuit for something new, unique forms and compositions, found in our everyday exterior environments are the subjects that are consistently sought after as the major contributors to my work. The main focus showcases the mundane within the landscape, for example, transformers, utility poles, tops of structures, and wires, and how each interacts with one another in the composition. Taking something so utilitarian for example, like that of a telephone pole with all of it’s components, on average would be, and usually are, looked upon as something that is less than visually desirable, yet when presented in a unique way this provides one with the tools needed to visually tune into not only in their everyday environments but also that of the world — therefore, giving viewers the capabilities to find beauty in the simplest of things.
My work focuses on deteriorating architecture. These structures, designed to be huge forces of permanence, are continually being challenged, destroyed and forgotten. I see an inherent honesty in the face of my subject. Among all of the clutter—the shards of wood and layers of rubble—there remains a gentle resolve. As I work, I study these structures incessantly. The buildings, often on the brink of ruin, have something very energized and present trying to escape from their fragmented reality.
My work explores the cultural disconnect that lies between understanding our relationship with the natural environment and our drive toward economic prosperity. I am curious about our seemingly insatiable material desires, which have led to the very consumption of the natural environment. Poetry has been lost, replaced with rational thinking. Lost also are the subtleties of the human experience, and forgotten are the scarred landscapes around us.
Artwork By: Christopher Burk
Finalist Exhibition Dates: 07/12/19 – 08/02/19
Exhibition Opening 07/12/19
Entry Deadline: 06/22/19
Gallery19 announces a call for entries for our Third annual juried competition, Meed3: When Photography Ruled the Streets. Photographers at all experience levels are invited to submit work. Artists selected as finalists will have their work exhibited (and available for purchase*) at Gallery19 for the month of July 2019. ** As competition judge, Ahmed Ozsever, artist and educator, will review all entries, select finalists, and announce the winner at an opening reception at Gallery19, on July 12th, 2019.
THEME: When Photography Ruled the Streets
Gallery19 and juror Ahmed Ozever delve into the ever-changing world of street photography. There is no clear definition of street photography, but for this competition we will define street photography as the preservation of special moments of our time, in which artists make accessible to future generations. These images are a documentation of who we are and where we have been. Street photography fully immerses the viewer into a different time and experience. Our hope is that artists of all levels will submit work that will tell stories like street photographers Vivian Maier and William Eggleston.
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The winner of Gallery19 Meed3 will receive a solo show at Gallery19 for the month of August 2020. The winner will also have a one-year contract with Gallery19, which includes exposure on the gallery’s website, ongoing multi-media, promotion, including social media, participation in gallery programming (openings, events, artist talks, etc.), and direct sales efforts. In addition, Ahmed Ozsever will mentor the winner for a full year August 2019 through August 2020, by reviewing and evaluating work product, and assisting in development of a gallery-ready exhibition, all culminating in a solo exhibition at Gallery19.
We are honored to have Ahmed Ozsever preside over the 2019-2020 Gallery19 Meed3 competition. Ahmed Ozsever is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. He works in installation and embraces architectural anomalies, as well as the hidden histories of a given location and exhibition space. His background in photography informs his recurring interest in the process, and limitations of photographic seeing. Ahmed’s work explores the articulation and perception of constructed temporalities, mediated experiences of land(scape), and the peculiar human traces inscribed in quotidian spaces. Ahmed earned his BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art at IU Indianapolis, and received his MFA from Cornell University.