Friday Jun 13, 2014
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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A solo exhibition of works by Dana Burgy. Runs through Fall 2014.
ROCKET BOOTS , 12 big pictures on vinyl
DANA BURGY, solo exhibition
AUGUSTINE ROMERO, curator
AlbuquerqueCity Hall, One Civic Plaza
Sixth Floor, Lobby of the Department of Cultural Services
The lobby is open to the public 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
Friday June 13th, 2014
4:30 – 6pm
Show runs Spring – Fall 2014
“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photography is, for Burgy, about the snapshot. It’s not about the equipment, it’s about the composition. How the imagery hangs inside the rectangle. She likes to play with how words can become abstracted forms; and just like other graphical elements., they can become disjointed from actual context.
When working with digital photography, “reality” becomes something so mutable we are free to slice it up and interpret it in a frame that may or may not resemble what we think we saw. When we blow it up, we find pixels and the artifacts of the low-end digital compression process of JPEG technology. Another reality on top of the reality that used to be there.
Burgy was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up mostly in Phoenix, Arizona; among other places. She moved to New Mexico from Seattle in 1988 and has been living here ever since. With a background in web development, art curation, graphic design and business; her fascination eventually became the pixel itself. Working with pixels daily; she saw that the lines and compositions in her off-screen visual field of signs, architecture and record album covers had found a venue for expression in Photoshop. “Forms don’t need a context to be compelling”, said artist Stephen Prina. With a similar disposition that is also irreverent, impish and somewhat dadaist; she has utilized the vernacular of graphic design and advertising to create work that is relatively free of ponderous intention. Her two favorite songs are “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” when sung by children and “Calistan” by Frank Black.