Diane Burko (MFA '69) in Exhibit at Locks Gallery, Opening Fri. Feb. 5, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Diane Burko, Grinnell Mt. Gould #1: 1938, Grinnell Mt. Gould #3: 1998, and Grinnell Mt. Gould #4: 2006, 2009

Diane Burko (MFA '69) has work in a solo show titled Politics of Snow at the Locks Gallery, opening Friday, February 5 from 5:30 - 7:30pm. This is the artist’s tenth solo exhibition at the gallery. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Ian Berry will be available.

Like the painters of the Hudson River School associated with the sublime landscape, Burko’s new paintings focus on epic views. Her new subjects are glaciers and remote peaks in Alaska, Montana and the Alps. In Politics of Snow, Burko has shifted away from the quasi-naturalistic palette of the previous decade. Working from small black-and-white archival photographs, she introduces liberal interpretations via a monumentalizing scale and an imaginative color palette, including exposure of the unpainted canvas as its own color and ground.

Burko will also be exhibiting photographs in a third floor exhibition titled Imprints in the the Landscape. These images, taken between 2007 and 2009 of the ice-covered ground of Pennsylvania and the sands of the South Dakota Badlands, draw the viewers’ attention to the imprints in the ground - both concrete and ephemeral - and strike a balance between abstraction and representation. This exhibition runs concurrent with the city-wide festival celebrating print in contemporary art, Philigrafika 2010.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Exhibition Dates: February 5 - March 13, 2010

Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

To see more of Diane's work, visit www.dianeburko.com

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