Denise Burge

Denise Burge, Oct. 20-21, 2011

Denise Burge works in a variety of media, including drawing, film, and quiltmaking. Her quilt work has been widely commissioned and collected, and was included in two Quilt National exhibitions. For this work she has been awarded multiple Ohio Arts Council grants, residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation award. In 2006 she formed a collaborative animation group called “The Dozens”. Their work premiered at the Fringe Festival in Edinboro, Scotland, and has been in several national and international film festivals. Since then, she has been creating video installation work with Lisa Siders and Jenny Ustick under the name Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running. She has a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Cincinnati.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 20, 6:30pm -10pm. ‘Art, Activism, and Ambience’.

Public lecture by Kentucky School of Art visiting artist, Denise Burge at Louisville Visual Art Association, in collaboration with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Denise Burge will speak about her multi-media work that addresses human’s complex relationship with nature, and her own connection to the Appalachian region. Denise will speak about past work as well as her most recent work, that deals with a coal ash spill the artist witnessed in Tennessee in 2008. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will follow her talk with information about coal ash and how it impacts the Louisville community. Lecture followed by a reception hosted by the Louisville Artist Syndicate with art installations, live music, refreshments, and food trucks. Artist Talk- 6:30pm-8pm. Reception- 8pm-10pm. Event hosted by Louisville Visual Art Association, (LVAA) 3005 River Rd.

Friday October 21: 12pm- 2pm “Contemporary Art Quilts and Conversation”

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft with the Kentucky School of Art Hosts a Panel Discussion with local and regional artists who hybridize traditional quiltmaking techniques with contemporary aesthetics, materials, and subject matter. Artists include Kentucky School of Art visiting artist Denise Burge, and local artists Penny Sisto, Denise Furnish, and Scott Scarboro. Moderated by Judy Schwender, Curator of Collections/Registrar, National Quilt Museum. After the discussion, contribute to a community art ‘quilt’! Please RSVP to attend: 502.589.0102. $20- price includes lunch. Event hosted by Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC), 715 W. Main St.

Friday, October 21, 7 pm- 9pm Private reception; details to follow.

Artist Statement:
Though the forms of my work have varied over the years, the primary theme has remained constant, which addresses our romantic attachment to the natural world.    I have worked with various iconic natural spaces (mountains, forests, oceans), adapting the media approach to suit each subject.  The quilt work primarily addresses the Appalachian region and its cultural and physical history.   Already highly romantic objects, quilts exist as a physical analog to the forms  and concepts that they represent.  More recent video installation work has been made with the subject of the forest in mind, emphasizing the ‘cinematic’ qualities of the forest space.  In general, I am fascinated with our complex relationship with ‘Nature with a capital N’.  Though we use (often brutally) nature as a resource, we retain the illusion of ‘wilderness’ in how we manage and image the land.  The contradictions and complexities of this subject reveal our deepest human desires and needs.

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