Feb 9th 2013

Robert Burnier: The Horseless Carriage

@ Andrew Rafacz Gallery

835 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Saturday, February 9th, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Saturday, March 30th

ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce The Horseless Carriage, new works by Robert Burnier in Gallery Two.

Chicago, IL, February 9, 2013– ANDREW RAFACZ begins 2013 with The Horseless Carriage, new works by Robert Burnier. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. It continues through Saturday, March 30, 2013.

When Robert Burnier was a child, he was immediately hooked on his Commodore 64 computer and the binary world that it opened up to him. It led him to study computer science and become a software engineer. But ultimately, he was just as fascinated by how the systems he created, acting as their own micro-cultures, inherently had their own dilemmas. Today, his work is driven by the possibilities of how a system or structure can be pushed to the point of contradiction or collapse. He still uses existing software as a source, taking what he refers to as a ‘stressed virtual configuration’ and manifesting it as a physical object. He uses technology as a medium with its own idiosyncrasies and malfunctions. The material choices he makes for a work are informed by the terrain of shapes and data from the broken source system.

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