Word on the Street | Amanda Burnham

February 9, 2017 8:08 pm
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Amanda Burnham’s drawings and large, site specific installations (which are also drawings) begin as anecdotal moments either recorded or observed in the city around her, and frequently evolve to emphasize the darkly comic and absurd. Installations are (usually) composed of hundreds of quick, gestural acrylic and flashe paint sketches made with a fat brush that are then cut and collaged onto both built armatures and the existing surfaces of a space; these are sometimes further animated with embedded lighting. The effect is somewhere between a comic book and a stage set.

With a printmaking and painting BA from Harvard and an MFA from Yale, Amanda Burnham currently teaches drawing, painting, design and contemporary theory and practice. Ms. Burnham is a very prolific and successful artist. Recent exhibitions include the Volta Art Fair (Basel, Switzerland), the Toledo Museum of Art, Benrimon Contemporary (NYC), Bridge Gallery (NYC), Christina Ray Gallery (NYC), Dorsch Gallery (Miami) and GV/AS Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). Ms. Burnham was an artist in residence at the Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva, Switzerland, in 2015, and has been named a Sondheim Prize semifinalist in 2012, 2013, and 2014.