December 8 – January 26, 2019
St. Tammany Art Association is pleased to present “Sequential Realities”, an exhibition featuring the work of artist James Burke.
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.
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.
The paintings are about places familiar to me, some for more than 50 years. 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. The intaglio prints are about a different landscape, an interior mental one, which has evolved since the 70’s and is populated by forms and shapes which allude to both the animate and inanimate aspects of the world around us. In the smaller paintings especially, I’ve juxtaposed and combined elements from both of these landscapes, often using in the paintings the look of some traditional and historic printmaking techniques.