'Diamond Formations and Other High Pressure Performances'

When: Jan. 8-31, 2013 ---- .

Where: Klemm Gallery

Siena Heights University’s Art Department will host “Diamond Formations and Other High Pressure Performances” by Nia Burks from Jan. 8-31 in Klemm Gallery.

The exhibition is a collection of video, print, and performance document work by Burks spanning the last five years. The common thread present in this collection is the utilization of the internet as a distant, yet uncomfortably close tool by which humans display the inherent need for love and belonging.

The work in the collection explores this situation through performative imagery saturated with sexual desire, socio-economic status, violence, sadness and need for acceptance. YouTube grind videos, Google Earth, Instagram, video games, break-ups, vlogging and other activities are utilized as content, flipped and re-contextualized through editing. 

Burks received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Arts degree in digital arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA in photography and film, where her area of focus was Internet and society. In 2011, she attended the residency Takt Kunstaprojektraum in Berlin. Her work has exhibited in across the world, including New York; Washington, D.C.; Berlin; Barcelona; Istanbul and Helsinki.

An artist’s talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in Rueckert Auditorium. The exhibition and artist’s talk are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 

For more information, call 517-264-7860 or visit www.studioangelico.com.


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