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Gallery Talk & Artist's Reception: Wendy Burton at Ars Libri, presented by the Robert Klein Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014


Exhibition Dates: November 2 - December 22

Opening Reception:
Friday, Nov. 2
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Gallery Talk & Reception :
Saturday, Nov. 3
2:00 - 4:00 pm

The trace of life is palpable in the work of Wendy Burton. The artist focuses on places that have been abandoned. Presence is heavy in void scenes of a grain elevator, a lonely farm house on the prairie, a schoolhouse hidden by overgrowth, a rotting staircase, church pews, and any number of window panes. Her new work focuses now on tiny lives and stories in images of bird's nests and animal skulls. Histories will highlight works old and new.

In all the work we sense moments gone but proven. There is a mournful quality and a humbling recognition in the echo of presence, the tangibility of that which seems to slip through our memory like water through our fingers ignites desperation. We grasp at what we do not see, wonder at the stories we do not know. As we imagine what was as we hold onto memories that are not ours and have a nostalgia for them. In the new works, the simplest of natural artifacts- nests and skulls, especially the nests, become metaphors for life and death; present and past; home, family, and childhood. A connectivity of life emerges too from parallels born from these seemingly natural inclinations to metaphor.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit, Robert Klein Gallery

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