Finally, the flowers are forming on the cucumber, acorn squash and the butterfly weed. Many bees are happy in the yard!
Kimberley Bursic is awarded the Denbo Artist in Residence Fellowship for the month of March at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center located in Hyattsville MD. Kimberley learned copper etching techinques from Jake Muirhead, a printmaking teacher associated with PAAC. Kimberley worked on a series of prints incorporating etching, collograph and chine colle techniques.
Art Matters Presents a Solo Exhibition by Kimberley Bursic
By Editorial Team on September 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday September 21 from 7 to 9 pm.
September 21 through October 26, 2012
The words voyage, journey, and travel come to mind when one contemplates the work of Kimberley Bursic. Many of Bursic’s paintings were created while traveling in Italy and the United States. Sometimes the work is about the beauty of the place and sometimes about escaping. In every case we are invited, as viewers, to consider our own journeys. The ultimate journey, of course, being our own lives.
Bursic’s small works on paper possess a gem-like quality. These precious jewels emit an opulence that entices us to look more deeply into the details – writing, scratching, and other marks often associated with measurement – that enrich our experience on many levels. Many of the small works appear to be journal entries created to document the artist’s travels. At the same time, there is an object-like quality about these small pieces. There is a sense that we have stumbled upon remnants of the fabric of someone’s life.
The larger paintings created more recently by Bursic explore the image of a simplified house, a stand-in for the humans that inhabit them perhaps. These houses seem to be on a journey. They climb hills, they float on water, they are on the move. Contrary to our more commonplace notion of the house as the stationary place ready for our return, these houses act as our agents as they make the voyage for us.
“With the work of Kimberley Bursic, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to witness the travels of one individual as a means for reflection on our own inner journeys,” says Barbara Johnson, Founding Director of art matters, the gallery project of Art Works Studio School in Mount Rainier, Maryland. “We are thrilled to announce this exhibition of the work of Kimberley Bursic. Ms. Bursic is the winner of our first ever Local Art Matters exhibition.” Local Art Matters was an exhibition of several local artists on display during the Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour last Spring. Local artists Ed Bisese, Laurie Breen and Rick Ruggles, all artists that have exhibited at art matters in the past, judged the show, selected Ms. Bursic as the winning artist, and awarded her with a solo exhibition at art matters September 21 through October 26, 2012.
The work of Kimberley Bursic has been exhibited internationally. Locally, you may have seen her work at the Capital Hill Arts Workshop, Artomatic, and Arlington Arts Center. Ms. Bursic is a graduate of the University of the Arts and received her MFA in printmaking from Washington State University. Her work is in numerous public and private collections.
Art Matters is located at 3711 Rhode Island Avenue Mt. Rainier, MD. Contact the gallery by phone at 301-454-0808 or visit them online at www.artworksnow.org
Art and the City
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Artist Profile: Kim Bursic
The landscapes appear “abstract,” but there is a physical presence. It’s like a residual of seeing, combined with the echoes of words that once gave definition to a place or time. It’s a picture of memories that are lost in detail but still live and are kept safe in a mental cove – the place where memories thin down to make room for others.
Kim Bursic allows the eye to see those memories restored to “now.” Each work can be a “portrait of a location suspended in a moment of great change.” In “Passing Showers” clouds shift in the atmosphere like thoughts that come to be seen and pose for the artist. “Portrait of a Cloud,” inspired by Voyager’s trip through the solar system, could be a Da Vinci design for the heavens.
Houses show up a lot in Kim’s work – life seeks shelter. In “Song of the House” clusters of thoughts, giant red balloons, generated by the mother of two small children hover in the sky above and vie for immediacy, a virtual portrait of motherhood.
In others, rain escapes the sky, and stars can drip and become drops. Water moves beneath its deep, apparent stillness. References are obscured, then gone, and you drift. “Sometimes it’s okay being lost. Sometimes not.”
Kimberly Bursic has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA from Washington State University. Both degrees are in printmaking, and she spent several years as a professional etching printer. As a painter Kim has left the world of black and white, but paints as a printer, layering one subtle color over another, exploring each new tint and tone.
The driving force of her work is “diligence,” the dedication to painting, her idea of forever reaching for a level of maturity that goes beyond seeing to smelling, hearing, and tasting the residuals of life, and the echoes of words.
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You don’t think of diligence as subject matter. It’s not something that you can look at and try to paint. It’s not on the color wheel and it is not a technique or a “signature style.” But it is something. It is not just being meticulous or careful or even watchful. And it goes beyond persistence. Sure, you need those things in almost any job, and certainly as a parent. And sure, you need those things for creativity, but there is still more: a mysterious need to understand an abstract idea or an undefined quality and then follow it to a realization: a picture, or a melody, a poem, a novel, or a dance.
Not everyone has that quality of diligence. If you just copy what someone else has painted or repeat someone else’s words instead of finding that little nugget of newness, or the identity of a sensation by searching for it, then you simply produce without creating.
Actually, I didn’t really think of it that way until I talked about art with Kim Bursic. She said her whole approach to painting is one of diligence, hard work, but more than content, style, or technique. It’s like looking at the inside of a message. Finding the certainty of it. Struggling to understand it.
Still, diligence itself is an idea that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Is it plodding? What about sudden insights or the explosions of notions and possibilities worth taking a detour? I’ve always felt that creativity doesn’t work by the clock. It’s something that can clobber you when least expected. But maybe diligence is always there. Perhaps it’s something the mind isn’t even aware of. Always searching for an insight.
Hanging a shingle? Asking for attention? Wanting exposure(to what I am not certain)? Displaying my art for anyone/everyone? Why? Why this way and why this format? It seems there is no other option and everybody is doing it. And I am not totally convinced.
How to teach Still Painting to 3rd Graders? It seems beginning with inspiration from Cezanne, Morandi, and Van Gogh ( for all the riotous color) is a good way to begin. Ah, just though of Matisse, another accessible artist to inspire 8-9 year olds.