“From mysteriously reinvented vintage maps and charts to an indigo-painted panel pierced with white-topped butterfly pins to an installation that transforms a gallery into a planetarium of sorts, it’s hard not to sense the uncanny at work in Victoria Burge’s survey at The Print Center. Burge’s intense and curious transformations of existing geographical and celestial chartings, especially from the past, could be viewed as a sorceress’s notations for enchantments.” – for ARTnews, October 24, 2016
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
VICTORIA BURGE penumbra
September 16 – November 19, 2016
The Print Center
Penumbra is the first solo exhibition in Philadelphia dedicated to Victoria Burge and it provides the opportunity to view her complex, meditative work in a new context. Curated by The Print Center’s Executive Director Elizabeth Spungen, the show features work in a range of media and scale, which trace the arc of Burge’s artistic interests and output over the last seven years, culminating in her largest and most ambitious works to date. It includes the debut of several major new works, including a site-specific installation, which although room-scaled, retains the quiet elegance that characterizes all of her creative practice.
Burge creates delicate and intricately rendered prints, drawings and sculptural works based on maps and systems of mapping. She attempts to chart the myriad effects of light, most recently focusing on its mesmerizing interaction with water. We follow her painstaking and careful process, as she moves between making marks that track points of light extrapolated from maps, to capturing light in photographs and video, and ultimately creating her own light effects through projection and intervention. The exhibition is a visual compendium of the hypnotic, glistening, flickering, shimmering, casting of shadow and eclipsing of light both in the sky and on earth.