Bruce Burris’ show entitled We Will Someday Someday We Will opens on January 14, 2010 at Institute 193 in Lexington, Kentucky. The opening will be from 6 – 9 PM and will feature a performance by local performance artist, Eric Sutherland, at 7:30. Click on the image to see more of Burris’ recent work.
Burris is, to my knowledge, the only contemporary artist dealing with mountaintop removal, rural-Southern community dynamics and the tremendous importance of activism in function of these movements. These issues have traditionally been treated as geographically-specific concerns but are increasingly viewed as essential aspects of the larger “green movement.” Burris, a native of Delaware, is working with this material as an interested observer, employing an established aesthetic to further these broadening conversations visually and intellectually. The following images are installation views of Burris’ recent work entitled: Lonely Mountain Community Center. The piece is a working model of a bulletin board that addresses the complex challenges facing members of rural-Southern communities while praising their activist and community-driven efforts.