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Vestige – Stephen Burke

New work by Stephen Burke, a multi-disciplinary artist and curator working between London and Dublin.

Burke’s ambitions are to highlight a new visual understanding within our built environment, focusing on elements of communication. He explores the cultural divide between street and gallery, blurring the line between high and low art, while offering a passion for the acts of creativity that happen within our everyday lives. Burke is interested in cities’ social fabric and how architecture attempts to bring order to these spaces. His practice makes visible and finds meaning in many inconspicuous components of large cities that would otherwise only marginally attract our attention.

“Burke is interested in cities’ social fabric and how architecture attempts to bring order to these spaces”

Burke produces photographic documentation of urban areas focusing on traces of antisocial behavior, waste excess and utility elements. He photographs the residue from graffiti removal, broken fencing, sprayed construction markings and stained mosaics, a type of urban decay voyeurism that can be linked with psychogeography. Using this ‘visual waste’ Burke builds his own painterly language. The resulting works are testimonials to the dialogue between those who mark public space and those who clean it, reinforcing the idea of public space as a contested arena.

Viscous, Spray paint, emulsion and silicone on Aluminium 40 x 60cm

Cover Up Spray paint oil and emulsion on Aluminium 40 x 60cm

The use of steel, tiles and street furniture within his work underscores the systems implemented through architecture and speaks of the cityscape’s materiality. These systems are juxtaposed through mark-making and staining, using pollutants, emulsion, adhesives, electrical sanders, spray paints and various other manipulations; think accumulations of chewing gum, scrubbed away graffiti and glazed layers of glue. The relationship of clean and unclean references the sociological tension between order and disorder while simultaneously implying degeneration and vandalism. These ideologies are reflected in our cities and their constant state of both construction and deconstruction.

Runs until March 5.

Date:
February 22
Time:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Website:
https://www.sofinearteditions.com/vestige/
Location
SO Fine Art Editions
2nd Floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street
Dublin, D02 H762 Ireland

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Phone:
(01) 472 1050
Website:
www.sofinearteditons.com

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