This new series has become one of exploration for me as a painter. With previous work, the focus was mainly about seeing the everyday beauty that one could find within the urban landscape. Yet, the visual imagery of a flood, in this developing body of work, has also become one of familiarity, almost ordinary, in our modern world — whether or not you have been directly affected. I’ve chosen to make the paintings even more minimal than they would if found be in the real world. In doing this, the subject becomes just about the profoundly sad, yet eerie, lone structure that has morphed into an island amongst the vast sea of nothing.
Burk is a resident of Columbus, OH. He has shown his work nationally with Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY, and Viridian Gallery, New York, NY.
Currently, he is represented by Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Columbus, OH, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH and Gallery19, Chicago, IL.
His work has earned him multiple Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and most recently, the very prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.