Dustyn Bork's "Bild"


Dustyn Bork, No. 2 from the Bild series, acrylic on wood panel, 20"x18"

Dustyn Bork: Bild
One Night Only!
Material, 2553 Broad Avenue
Friday, June 28, 6-8pm

Dustyn Bork earned his MFA in printmaking from Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana in 2002 and his BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1999. His works is deceptively simple while evoking cultural notions of pattern, color, and design. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Lyon College a small liberal arts college in Batesville, Arkansas. His work has been exhibited in numerous juried printmaking exhibitions and has shown regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has participated in international projects, including an artist residency at the Franz Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium in August of 2008, and the MIRA artist residency in Martignano, Italy in May of 2011. His work can be viewed online at www.dustynbork.com

In his statement about the exhibition the artist writes: “The work in Bild is inspired by the mission of Material Art Space aptly named for the Montessori learning tools and also borrows from the experimental nature that defined the Bauhaus school’s approach to form. This series of paintings uses color, form, and texture in a method akin to building. Bild is both German for “picture” and a play on words for how the paintings are constructed. Walter Gropius quipped in the formation of the Bauhaus manifesto that "The final goal of all artistic activity is architecture." My aim is to turn that around in a fractured, abstracted way, turning architecture into a purer form stripped of function. In each work the physical limitations and possibilities of the medium and materials are explored. The primary goal is to reference enough of the built environment to appear oddly familiar. Stripped of specific locations, architectural elements are conceptually used to reveal the versatility of paint as a material and exploit the limitations of pictorial surface.”

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