Robert Burnier

The Ship's Carpenter

Elastic Arts is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent sculptural work by Chicago-based artist Robert Burnier.

Burnier’s folded sculptures are made using what the artist calls an anti-maquette process, wherein he first designs a virtual 3D shape that is transposed to a flat, irregularly shaped plane. This plane is in turn cut into a sheet of aluminum that is the starting point for Burnier’s folded improvisations. Far from beginning with a blank slate, each physical starting point is already limited by an idealized shape that is absent but still imposing itself on what is possible. Taking this transposition even further, Burnier’s wire drawings in this exhibition are predicated on the profiles of specific folded aluminum works, once again imposing contingencies on what turns the lines may take and what forms they coalesce around. In this sense his work is deceptive or even contradictory: what at first appears effortless and visually pure reveals itself to be constrained and anomalous

ROBERT BURNIER (American, b. 1969) lives and works in Chicago. He will receive his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in Painting and Drawing in 2016. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (1991). He was included in the Evanston and Vicinity Biennial 2012, curated by Shannon Stratton, and Some Dialogue at the Illinois State Museum, Chicago, 2012. Recently, he was included in Ghost Nature, curated by Caroline Picard, at Gallery 400, Chicago, IL and La Box, Bourges, France. He was also included in The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, and Imaginary Landscapes, curated by Allison Glenn, at Chicago Urban Art Society. His work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, New York, and Chicago. He is included in numerous private and public collections. Upcoming exhibition venues include the Elmhurst Art Museum, Evanston Art Center and the Material Art Fair, Mexico City.
Elastic Art’s visual art program is curated by Jordan Martins


Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5th, 7-10 pm

Exhibition dates: December 5th – February 28th

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From the Archives Dec – Feb 2016 

Dave Rempis – saxophones
Joshua Abrams – double bass/guimbri
Avreeayl Ra – drums

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