Burk Uzzle: American Puzzles
Exhibition Dates: June 11th – July 31st 2015
Thursday, June 11th
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Burk Uzzle: American Puzzles is the first exhibition of the artist’s work at the gallery. The exhibition features over 70 vintage black and white photographs of the American social landscape from the 1960s through the 2000s. Like the photographs of the New Topographics, Uzzle’s work offers a formal simplification of the visual field with an emotionally complex rendering of American society. His puzzle-like images question and confront the tensions present in our individual and cultural psyches.
Uzzle’s work utilizes nuanced compositions, quirky and obscure. They feature a poignant yet empathetic sense of irony. Uzzle say, “These photographs are an appreciation of America. Their structure, like that of America itself, evokes a melody of movement and collage – not an explanation. These photographs represent moments selected, intuitively, which complete a form. They could be called gestures of the dialogue between optical reality and personal vision. Unlike documents, they play tag with layers of reality, both interior and exterior. America is like that, conditioning us to zig-zag and change with its constant, energetic barrage of many and various realities. But there is a melody in all the movement, and I can only feel it in America.”
Read the full press release at Steven Kasher Gallery.
Burk Uzzle, Brand New Highway, New Mexico
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery