Public Preview: Tuesday 27 June 2017, 6.30 – 9 pm
Open 24/7: Wednesday 28 June to Sunday 3 September
VITRINE Galley in Bermondsey Square presents ‘New Continents, Light Lines’. The new exhibition is the first UK solo exhibition of Swiss artist Sarah Burger.
‘New Continents, Light Lines’ is a site-responsive installation combining analogue and digital fabric printing in two- and three-dimensions. Burger develops complex works which reference the topics of presence, duration, time and the history of the material.
A series of printed fabrics hang in the space and show traces of the artist’s process. By adding pigments to the liquid plaster, structures and different drawings start to develop. Burger scans the resulting cast objects and edits this photograph digitally by adding overlaid colour planes. The last images evoke natural drifting floating islands, and refer to the existence of different layers of time.
Burger exhibits these fabric hangings alongside pieces from a second body of three-dimensional work. These sculptural formations are also made of printed fabric imposed on a wire frame, winding themselves through the narrow exhibition space. The form of these sculptures appear organic. The print surface presents the structure of stone or other related minerals, which become visible within the fabric.
Both groups of work, the fabric prints and the sculptures, are placed in contrast to each other. However they maintain a quiet dialogue with each other with their relationship to materiality. Within her exploration of presence and material, the artist is interested in the concurrence of cultural values and signifiers as well as the temporal varying understanding of it. A narrative aspect in the form of pure fiction is of great importance. The new narrative spaces are being opened up to the viewer and the viewer’s experience. The multilayered and process-led approach within the Burger’s practice is seen in the works highly condensed mode of expression.
The exhibition is curated by Lea Whinyates Hess.
About the Artist
Sarah Burger (born 1982, Glarus, Switzerland) lives and works in Zurich. She graduated Philosophy and Comparative Literature and Linguistics at the University of Zurich and Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2009, following a Master of Arts in Public Sheres (MAPS) at the Ecole cantonale d’Art du Valais (ECAV) in Siders, Switzerland, in 2007. She went on to complete a further Master Degree in Visual Art at the “Haute école d’art et design (HEAD)” in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2011. Since 2012 Burger is working on a her postgraduate degree at the “Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK)“ in Zürich, Switzerland and at the Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria.
Burger explores combinations of analogue and digital print techniques on fabric in varying two- and three-dimensions, Burger develops complex works which make reference to the topics of existence, duration, time and the history of material. The works evoke natural drifting floating islands, and refer to the presence of different layers of time and memory.