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Artist Talk: Tom Burr

  • School of Art/204 36 Edgewood Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
 A Few Golden Moments, 2011 Aluminum, steel, glass and hardware

A Few Golden Moments, 2011 Aluminum, steel, glass and hardware

 Susan Blushing, 2011 Wood, blankets, magazines, chair and sweaters

Susan Blushing, 2011 Wood, blankets, magazines, chair and sweaters

American Conceptual artist Tom Burr takes inspiration from Minimalism and Post-Minimalism—as well as from sculpture, design, and poetry—to create his own enigmatic output. Artists such as Robert Smithson, Eva Hesse, and Gordon Matta-Clark serve as important touchstones in his practice, particularly the work of sculptor Tony Smith, upon whom the artist based an ongoing series. Burr utilizes a variety of unlikely materials to achieve his ends, those being, the artist told T Magazine in 2011, “a fairly wide but focused spectrum that includes, but is not limited to wood, paint, fabric, hardware, plastic, mirror, paper, occasional images (usually found), books, chairs, lamps, clothing, ladders, doors, and radiators.” Meanwhile, Burr’s work explores themes as diverse as the changing temperature of objects to Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange.—Artspace

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