Charles Burwell

November 2 - December 18, 2010

Opening Reception with the Artist
First Friday, November 5, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

In the Vault Room:
“Kissing Walls” by Clint Takeda

The Bridgette Mayer Gallery will present its second solo exhibition by artist and Pew Fellow, Charles Burwell. "Structuring Desire / Desiring Structure" will be on view from November 2 - December 17, 2010, with an opening reception First Friday, November 5, from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. The exhibition will feature approximately nine new paintings. Also on view in the Vault Room will be “Kissing Walls”, a salon-style installation by artist Clint Takeda, featuring small drawings, prints and paintings on paper and wood.

Built from complex systems of layering that rely on the overlap of solid and patterned shapes with a specific structure of carefully dripped lines, Charles Burwell's compositions are immensely time- and labor-intensive. His work explores the relationship between geometric structure and the organic flow of nature by combining forms derived from biology, archeology and natural history with other graphic, computer-generated elements. The artist states: "I see my work as a continual evolution from work done twenty years ago when biology, science and the natural world were major influences to the present where the desire to integrate the organic or nature with the mechanical is important. The use of the computer is part of that evolutionary process."

Charles Burwell received his BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, PA) in 1977, and his MFA from Yale University School of Art (New Haven, CT) in 1979. He has participated in many exhibitions, including solo shows at Bridgette Mayer Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE), Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), the University of Delaware (Newark, DE), and Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA). He has taught at Tyler School of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), and Dartmouth College. Burwell's work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA), and The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY). He has been the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, a United States Information Agency grant for Middle East travel, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

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