Reverse Glass Painting | Michael Burges

October 14 - November 12, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, October 14th, 6-9 pm

The luminous reverse glass paintings of Burges extend a long and deep tradition of placing the image on the other side of a transparent transmission surface, in this case acrylic glass which unlike traditional vitreous and fragile glass, is shatterproof and scratch resistant. In other words, it assumes an ideally modernist stance and updates a material which was first explored by the classical Romans in the second century of our common era.

In his new inversion paintings, Michael Burges strives to arrive at and effortlessly achieves the most precious of aesthetic gifts. He shares his own consciousness visually and explores the shapes of our perception itself viscerally: he transmutes mere seeing into a vital vision. He is an alchemist of the highest order.

– Excerpt from catalogue essay written by Donald Brackett

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