Erik Burke Print



February 10 – April 4, 2014


Reno painter Erik Burke creates art in public spaces throughout the world. He works primarily on the street applying his work through wheat paste or paint under the name OverUnder (OU35). His explorative nature has taken him to places surreal and commonplace. According to Burke, “I use these opportunities to learn from our built environment, and the people and history that make them unique. I also like the souvenirs.” Burke’s paintings reflect his deep interest in history and the narrative power of images to connect to the past. Through icons, architecture, pattern, texture, and the creative use of urban spaces, Burke “hopes to tell the untold. Or at least unravel it a bit. I am an American painter and geography is my muse.”

In his series, Lineage and Line Work, Burke focuses on memorials and his travels. The works are collections of aged wood found during travels beneath his impressionist application of cheap house paint. The everyday materials depict surreal scenes focused on compositional movement and exploration. Urban architecture and indigenous plants (more commonly perceived as weeds) are swarmed by oily seeds and linear strokes of color. While several pieces from this collection are autobiographical, others are narrative homages to departed artists that were devoted to contemporary plein air painting, a.k.a. graffiti.


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