Friday, September 10, 2010

insect art

Brian Burkhardt makes some really cool sculptures that look like insects. My favorites are his insects made out of high fashion logos - butterflies out of burberry patterns, etc. (These are under the 'Fauna' part of his website). He is certainly a meticulous craftsman - up close, you can see how detailed the 'insects' were constructed.

I met him once and he told me that he used to be a commercial farmer. I imagine that that experience has influenced his use of materials and irony in his art. I think of these sculptures as a pseudo-apocalyptic taxonomy of artifice. They cleverly question ideas of 'naturalness' utopian/dystopian capitalist ideology, and our innate (?) desire for order.


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