For Better or Worse, ‘Deep Wood Drive’ is all About Tom Burr’s Personal Nostalgia

NEW YORK—Tom Burr’s exhibit at Bortolami Gallery involves a large cage with a globe pendant light and an overturned side chair, a couple of rows of theater seats and fabric wall panels. It’s an intriguing display, but the meaning of it all is hard for the viewer to conclude independently. According to the gallery, Burr is continuing “his visual exploration of the physical and psychological dimension of objects, and the fantasies we project upon their surfaces.” The name of the exhibit, “Deep Wood Drive,” refers to the place where Connecticut-born Burr grew up, where “particular instances of trauma and ecstasy were played out, remembered, and then restaged at various moments in the development of his work.”

“Deep Wood Drive” is on view from March 7 to April 26, 2012.

Photos by Arts Observer

Above, “An Orange Echo,” 2012 (plywood, mirrored plexiglas and used theater seats). Top of page, “Baited Like Beasts (a moon viewing platform),” 2012 (steel, hanging globe light and wooden chair).

Detail of “Double Hung Window,” 2012 (wool blankets and upholstery tacks on plywood) an installation of two wall hangings. “From the new series of “Clouds,” which are wooden wall panels covered with woolen blankets meticulously arranged and pinned to convey states of comfort and discomfort, order and disarray.”

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