GALLERY SHOP POP-UP: HANNAH BURR
AUGUST 9 – SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
JOIN US FOR THE CLOSING RECEPTION ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 FROM 5-8PM
Multidisciplinary artist, author, and creativity coach, Hannah Burr brings her gestural paintings to the Ann Arbor Art Center. Coming from a place of mindfulness, Hannah considers rules of composition, color, and form while also allowing herself the freedom to remain authentic at the moment. Her work will be on view beginning August 9th in the first-floor gallery shop. Join us on Friday, September 13th, 5-7pm for her closing reception and pick up a copy of her newly-released, third book, The Elements: a love letter to all things everywhere which will be available for purchase.
Artist Statement: The world and the things that belong to it are as plain as day, and utterly mysterious when you look. My artwork points actively to this odd situation, to what’s happening, the situation itself, experienced directly. I use the things of the world, found and repurposed, in this investigation.
In gestures, placement, and marks, using whatever is at hand that I like together, I explore directly: What is happening actually? I care about the arrangement, composition, color relationship, and form.
I use what I care about to invite others to remember what’s closer to them than their own face.
The work has succeeded if it’s easy to enter, and yields complexity if you keep looking. My best work brings the situation alive in a different way, and you as that situation, alive in a different way.
I value awareness practices which are sometimes called mindfulness, meditation, or direct inquiry. My artwork is either the byproduct of these or new, dynamic forms of practice itself.
When it shines, the participatory work invites people to remember themselves as part of something greater and freer than what they might have been experiencing a moment before. The works on paper, paintings, and sculpture are a direct invitation.
Recent creative projects introduce the activity of undoing, dispersal, and paring down to this inquiry: what’s the art, where does it reside: in the maker, the viewer, the object, or a record of its prior existence?