For Spare Parts, They Broke Us Up: Nina Frances Burke
SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY
McGuffey Art Center is pleased to present “For Spare Parts, They Broke Us Up”, a solo show by emerging artist Nina Frances Burke, including a collaborative work with Andy Foster, to be held in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery. The exhibition opens on First Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:30PM-7:30PM. The artists will be on hand throughout the evening to answer visitors’ questions about their work and process.
Nina Frances Burke works with found objects, kinetic sculpture, and installation, utilizing a complex strata of form, materiality, and context . In this exhibit, recycled food packaging materials, single use plastics, and cast sculpture come together in a non-linear narrative, questioning how our commodity culture influences interactions with our history, our neighbors, and the objects we come in contact with every day.
“Really I’m still that kid with weird stuff in her pockets! I think about objects all the time. There’s a certain lonely magic in the process of finding. Lately I’m thinking a lot about gentrification and displacement of vulnerable populations; many objects in “Vocabulary of Objects” come from demolition sites close to my home, where historic houses are coming down to make way for development. In the work titled “Miss Maxine Says Better Get a Coat On”, I collected fragments of the front porch from a recently demolished home to create an installation honoring the history of a neighbor who often sat on her porch and scolded me for not wearing a better coat.”