JT Burke @ Glass Garage GalleryJuxtapoz // Saturday, 05 Nov 2011
JT Burke's current body of work uses digital photographs of antique costume jewelry as base materials. Burke repeats and manipulates the imagery digitally to form intensely baroque, Busby Berkeley-like configurations that resemble psychedelic landscapes, dioramas, mandalas, and masks.
"My work is an examination of the myth of Paradise," states Burke. "Paradise is a concoction of our own devices created to comfort us from the sorrow of the human condition. It's a beautiful myth, so beautiful that even knowing it's a myth only slightly diminishes its value."
"Burke invites us to wander in Wonderland, to roam Oz, to join Lucy in the sky," writes critic Peter Frank, who recently included Burke in his selection of "Ten Artists to Watch" for the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. "[T]his is escapism; but it is finely wrought and thickly wound enough to gratify all levels of taste."