I post this "personal history" to refute the willfull ignorance of the current president of the USA - the Oathless Blunder. The "very stable genius" one year later - the Grifter's America, adrift in lies, delusion, broken treaties - strained alliances, ad infinitum... but reality will win, or we all loose big.
- - - - VIVID COLORS FOR A SMALLER WORLD - AMERICAN ARTIST EXHIBITS IN TREPTOW - - - -
"The world has become smaller, and the distance betweeen things
shorter." The American artist Patrick Burke, who since yesterday has
been showing his exhibition "On the Surface of Our Moon" at
Kulturehaus Treptow, is a widely traveled man and knows whereof he
"Man has conquered the distance to the moon, and has left behind his
traces there. You here in Germany have bridged the gap between East
and West, and are again one people."
As the son of a U.S. soldier, Burke grew up in Germany. Later he
settled on the American West Coast, then spent many years on board a
fishing fleet in the Alaskan waters, and worked as a cowboy and a
poultry farmer in the Vermont woods*.
The experience of a life filled with variety are mirrored in Burke's
paintings, which come alive with a charming alternation between
abstraction and reality. Burke also finds themes in the political
issues of the day, as in his painting depicting the misery of the
Kurdish refugees and the opening of the Brandenburg Gate.
His interesting work style, pressing acrylic paint or pastel ink onto
colorful backgrounds using a cold-needle technique, produces an
extraordinary line and special expression.
"I've always been a little skeptical of the art scene," says the self
taught Burke, who has never studied painting. "Furthermore, I distrust
galleries; it's better to take your own opportunities in hand as much as
possible." Burke, who has had some success in America and is showing
in Europe for the first time, has held himself to this conviction. His
friend, Rob Schrama, a Dutch performance artist, has helped with the
organization of Burke's trip to Europe, which will go on to Amsterdam
after the show in Berlin.
Burke's work is on display until August 23 in the gallery at 5
Puschkinallee. This is the gallery's premier showing of the work of an
American artist. Those interested in purchasing pictures should expect
prices in the range of 380 to 2,700 German Marks.
Jakob Augstein, Berliner Zeitung. *CORRECTION - Herdsman on a dairy farm in Vermont, not "cowboy and
poultry farmer etc." Organic Jersey cows, cedar sawdust on the barn
floor, a big stained glass window...not a chicken in sight
(lost in translation but the thought of life on a poultry farm is not
apealling at all, even in Vermont.)
Harry Manx performs "Nine Summers Lost" from his album, "Bread &
Buddha". This video was shot at a sound check before his performance at
Hugh's Room in Toronto. For more information on Harry Manx, go to
www.harrymanx.com. Film clips: Wim Wenders, Wings of Desire - Dziga
Vertov, Enthusiasm - Berlin 1937 - 45, Public Domain. Visualmyth by