Brave New Art World, in co-production Johalla Projects, in collaboration with Rational Park, is overwhelmingly pleased to present CANTO, a solo exhibition by artist Stephanie Burke.
“It is a simple, if almost incomprehensible equation: the world is as terrible as it is beautiful, but when you look at it more closely, it is as beautiful as it is terrible. We must maintain constant vigilance, to protect the world from ourselves, and to embrace the world as it exists.”
Burke works within the American West, a landscape fraught with a complex history of human exploitation, alteration, and conservation. Pilfering the visuals of Dante Alighieri and adopted his mantle of personalizing the landscape and its inhabitants, Burke inscribes the history of her Western Inferno, her Western Purgatory, and her Western Paradise onto the ever-degrading skeleton of the Divina Commedia. Positioned as an allegory for an allegory, the work explores themes of poetic justice, power, loneliness, mortality, morality, and religion in relation to the individual with a sense of paradox, honest reflection, irony, and ultimate simplicity.
The opening reception will be held on September 21st, from 7PM – 11PM at Rational Park (2557 W North Avenue) and features appetizers by Goose & Fox. Exhibition closes on October 5th and will be open by appointment or during regular business hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.