Pew Center for Arts & Heritage presents Charles Burwell (Video)

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage presents Charles Burwell (Video)

I ran into this video interview of Philadelphia’s Charles Burwell (NAP #8 and #51) in his studio while researching his work. In 2008 the Pew Fellowship granted Burwell a fellowship for his paintings that are “..large scale formally rigorous and visually stimulating.” All true
His abstractions are grounded by layers. Repeated images, often with strong outlines, form open ended icons that, depending on the canvas, can thrust forward or retreat. His interest to sequential rows of strong colors means his canvases are an energetic space. Their dynamic interactions contradict how slowly each layer is settled. They turn into tangles of historic visions, none overly dominant and none neglected.

The numerous blank forms Burwell uses as templets allow him unlimited variations. The resulting visual constructions are like architectural layouts. Each perceptive space sketches a different state of mind but also a different structure that forms the final facade. His mention of how slowly buildings are constructed, points to this reading of his work. Rather than building a living room in one motion, he builds the infrastructure that supports the space that will become a living room, but not before arranging the supports for the later work he will need to finish. Just like how a complete building can’t be seen from one room, Burwell’s entire composition cannot be seen from one brush stroke. You have to walk around to see what form each space takes. – John Pyper, MA Contributor

Read the full article here:
Pew Center for Arts & Heritage presents Charles Burwell (Video)

Recent News:

Attention MFA Students and Current Year MFA Graduates!

The MFA Acting curriculum proceeds from a deep exploration of the text. Working primarily in laboratory situations, this exploration takes many forms, drawing upon traditions as varied as Japanese Noh, commedia dell’arte, the theories of Gordon Craig, and the techniques of Stanislavski, among many others. It demands rigorous training of the voice, physical dexterity, a keen analytical mind, and a willingness to take new approaches to the stage. But ultimately Read More…

Carrie Moyer at CANADA

2007 “Don’t Let the Boys Win: Kinke Kooi, Carrie Moyer, and Lara Schnitger”, Mills College, Oakland, CA “Late Liberties”, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY “Absolute Abstraction”, Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston MA “Black Gold”, Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL “Quiet Riot”, March Gallery, New York, NY. Curators: Karolyn Hatton, Julian Kreimer “Shared Women”, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA. Curators: Eve Fowler, Emily Roysdon, A.L. Steiner “Beauty Read More…