We have long been interested in the work of Danielle Bursk — its scale, intricacy, and connection. The careful accumulation of marks tells a story of process and creates a space that connects and envelopes the viewer.
Danielle has made many very large works, unusual in the world of works on paper. Recently she has begun making smaller drawings, experimenting with scale and intimacy. She has also added hues to her palette. In this show we have carefully selected a group of works that reveal a journey through scale with moments of joy and discomfort.
A Center for Emerging Visual Artists Alumni Solo Exhibition
My drawings are made of lines created using ink and a tiny, thin striping brush. Primarily abstract and incremental, lines are layered upon one another to build up areas of light and shadow, creating depth. The drawings require repetitive mark-making to create abstract suggestions of landscapes, objects and spaces. The work correlates with many things: nets, nests, networks, webs, yarn, threads, traps, hair, barbed wire, vines, landscapes overtaken by kudzu and organic forms in space. The mystery of the work is found in the dichotomies of softness and stiffness, innocuous and dangerous; the drawings are both welcoming and frightening.
Danielle Bursk received her MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2006 and her BFA from Temple University's Tyler School of Art in 1995. She has shown regionally quite extensively, and has been reviewed in publications such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Pittsburgh City Paper. Ms. Bursk has been selected for a Fleisher Challenge exhibition, a solo show at Abington Art Center, a fellowship to Vermont Studio Center and a CDP Fellowship at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Recently she exhbited Danielle Bursk:Currents at Bluestone Gallery in Philadelphia. Danielle is pleased to also list shows at Locks Gallery (Philadelphia), The Main Line Arts Center (Haverford, PA) and the Texas Firehouse (NY,NY) amongst other venues on her resume.