Gallery Exhibit: 'School Yard Bets' by Kat Burdine '08
Date: October 13 - November 12, 2016
Times: A homecoming gallery reception was Friday, Oct. 14, with an artist's talk beginning at 6 p.m.
Location: The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University.
Alumna artist Kat Burdine '08 returned to Augustana University’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery with “School Yard Bets," an exhibition of contemporary prints and installation that opened Thursday, Oct. 13, and can be viewed through Saturday, Nov. 12.
A homecoming gallery reception was Friday, Oct. 14.
This is an exhibition that includes, as Burdine notes, “prints that don’t act like prints, sculptures that act like dogs, and other new works that do not work.”
Think a suspended canoe, a screen-printed swag rocker, carved representations of stray dogs, and numerous screen prints — all employed by the artist in her exploration of the cultural and individual construction of identities.
As Burdine explains in her artist statement, this exhibition is “an individual’s attempt to resolve, reject, and navigate expectations; strange affinities and aversions are formed to otherwise benign material, and behavior. Seemingly ordinary moments transition into arbitrary proving grounds.”
Take the suspended canoe, for example, entitled “But Does it Float?”
Burdine was reading an old woodworking manual and came across the line, “A man is not a woodworker until he has built his first canoe.” Taking this traditionally masculine labor as a challenge, Burdine created a “failed” canoe — one whose bend was exaggerated to a point of self-destruction, with a rudder that will sink her, and a spine that will veer her off course.
Says Burdine: “She hangs somewhere between function and dysfunction in total confidence. Unfazed by the question of her worth, ‘but does she float?'"
"It is this playfulness that is found throughout the exhibition that allows Burdine to disarm our expectations and allow the viewer to contemplate socially assigned narratives, be they gender roles or other societal expectations," said Dr. Lindsay Twa, chair, associate professor of art, and director of Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.
About the Artist
Following her graduation from Augustana in 2008, Burdine worked for OYE-Organization for Youth Empowerment in Honduras for two years, where her duties included organizing community art programs for at-risk Honduran youth. Following her return to the United States, Burdine served as an art director/graphic designer for the Sioux Falls creative firm Fresh Produce. Burdine earned her MFA in print media in 2015 from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has taught at Oakland University, Wayne State University and currently teaches foundations studio courses at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Closed Sundays and major holidays.