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Mark Burns: Beyond Kitsch

  • The Clay Studio 137 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)

November 3 through November 26, 2017


With roots in Philadelphia, Mark Burns now lives and teaches in Boston, MA where he is an Artist in Residence at the Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard. Burns is a Professor Emeritus from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was the major force behind the NCECA Conference in 1997. Burns explores societal norms of sexuality and identity through his humorous and often absurdist sculptural forms.

"For over four decades, I have made strange marriages between disparate sources. Mythologies, manifest spiritual tropes, historical truth and historical lies, sexuality, television, movies, music, literature, and the ravenous beast we call pop culture. Once considered, those who seek an explanation will hopefully realize my work is an outward physical manifestation of a simple truth.

My work has always been the diary of my life."


The works in the show are presented in collaboration with Helen Drutt.