St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) is pleased to present “Sequential Realities”, an exhibition featuring the work of artist James Burke. STAA will host an opening reception on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The exhibit will be on display through January 26, 2019 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery at STAA.
One of the most influential contemporary arts figures in South Louisiana, Burke is a professor emeritus of the LSU School of Art, where he taught intaglio printmaking for 31 years. Burke is also a founding member of Unit 8 Gallery, which went on to become Baton Rouge Gallery center for contemporary art in 1966. Throughout his career, Burke has won many awards, grants and commendations for his work in printmaking, examples of which are in numerous private and public collections both here in Louisiana and nationally, including the New Orleans Museum of Art; the LSU Museum of Art; the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC; the Wichita Art Association; the Delgado Museum of Art in New Orleans; the Dulin Galleries in Knoxville, TN; and New York University at Potsdam and the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge.
Burke has an extensive exhibition record. He maintains a studio for both intaglio printing and painting at his residence in Baton Rouge, and remains active professionally in both media.
A native of Minneapolis, MN, he and his wife, Idabelle, both travel to their home town every year in late summer where they both have siblings residing. Their five children and twelve grandchildren, many living in Florida, also present lots of reasons for traveling. Burke has been on many canoe trips to the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, and to even more camping trips in Big Bend National Park in Texas. Both areas have provided years of subject matter for his prints and paintings.
“Sequential Realities” features paintings about places that are familiar to Burke, some he has visited for more than 50 years. Burke’s paintings are a compilation of landscapes from many vantage points. By juxtaposing these views they create an entirely new prospective and space. The reinterpreted and luminous surfaces can be described as personal, whimsical and idiosyncratic to Burke’s innovative point of view. “What I tease out of them as I construct, reconstruct, or deconstruct is what I have to show. Each is finished when it becomes something new. When it shows me what I never knew was there”, Burke says.
The exhibit also features intaglio prints that are about a different landscape, an interior mental one, which has evolved since the 1970’s and is populated by forms and shapes which allude to both the animate and intimate aspects of the world around us. The prints themselves are strictly engravings, not utilizing any acid techniques, and the direct and intensive method is a fit language for communicating the mental landscape. In some of the smaller paintings, Burke has juxtaposed and combined elements from both of these landscapes, often using in the paintings the look of some traditional and historic printmaking techniques.
A Gallery Talk with James Burke will take place a the Art House on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:00pm.
The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Our gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4pm and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of our 2018 Season of the Arts sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.