Sat, Jul 09|
Angi D Wildt Gallery
Resilient by Richard Burke
Burke’s owl sculptures lend themselves to human like expressions and poses. His paintings reflect the beauty, tranquility, and drama of the majestic stands of trees and reflections in clear water.
Time & Location
Jul 09, 2022, 4:00 PM – Jul 10, 2022, 8:00 PM
Angi D Wildt Gallery, 106 10th St, Astoria, OR 97103, USA
About The Event
ARTIST STATEMENT FOR RESILIENT
The complexity of the human situation is exhausting. Each person places some
kind of spin on reality to better support their own beliefs, feelings and actions.
The enormous diversity of perceptions and experiences create a myriad of gaps in
our basic understanding of the world. People believe many false truths. We
humans rehearse our fabricated reality like a mantra until even we believe it.
Discord and endless arguing are justified by every party in order to sell that
constructed reality to the naïve. The loud and belligerent win the day. This has
long damaged the integrity of true character.
I have always preferred the simplicity of nature. As a child I was exposed to
falconry and a fascination with birds of prey. The birds I observed were true to
themselves. They have nothing to sell. Even a tiny kestrel is sure of its place and
concise in its purpose. In many cultures owls are an archetype of wisdom and
fortune, in others a harbinger of death. But they don’t know or care about any of
that. In reality they hunt, mate, raise their young and migrate. They contemplate
staying safe, warm and fed. The fragile will die. In many ways I envy the natural
virtues of these noble creatures over our own fickle contrived values.
My work is about resilience of character. I considered attributes of being
resilient as opposed to those of being fragile. As this body of work progressed I
began to interpose human expressions and stances on the birds represented. I
want the confident at-ease posture of a screech owl to convey assurance. The
relaxed expression of the short-eared owl is meant to communicate inner
tranquility. Balance is intuited in the barn owl.
As the human race whines, screams and shouts about their insecurities, which
were caused by everyone else, birds of prey will quietly stay true to themselves.
We may kill them off, but the last one, in defiance, will hunt like a true hero.
Resilient by Richard BurkeAngi D Wildt Gallery