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Karl Burke

7 increments

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Burke’s work, 7 increments, is outside of the gallery spaces. It takes the form of a large sculptural intervention that is located in a vacant parking lot at 510 Sampsonia Way. This work is made from the type of galvanized steel sections typically used to construct urban fencing. The work consists of seven independent square units each measuring 12 ft by 12 ft set equidistant in a straight line. Burke employs these modular forms to frame the environment they inhabit. Acting like a form of a tunnel, its vertical lines and physical scale dissect the surrounding buildings, trees, and sky. This configuration and its deliberate use of scale dwarfs the viewer, encouraging them to re-access their personal physicality and relationship with the objects that surround them.

When

2010

About The Artist

Karl Burke attended the Dun Laoihaire College of Art, Design, and Technology and obtained a degree in Interactive Multi-Media. His work consists of video, photographs, sound works, and installations and he focuses on the perceptions of time and space.

Burke’s work, 7 increments, is outside of the gallery spaces. It takes the form of a large sculptural intervention that is located in a vacant parking lot at 510 Sampsonia Way. This work is made from the type of galvanized steel sections typically used to construct urban fencing. The work consists of seven independent square units each measuring 12 ft by 12 ft set equidistant in a straight line. Burke employs these modular forms to frame the environment they inhabit. Acting like a form of a tunnel, its vertical lines and physical scale dissect the surrounding buildings, trees, and sky. This configuration and its deliberate use of scale dwarfs the viewer, encouraging them to re-access their personal physicality and relationship with the objects that surround them.

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