Art in Vancouver. The Lure of Magical Thinking by Bobbie Burgers at Bau-Xi Gallery. Dec 11 – 24, 2014. Opening Reception: Thursday, December 11th, 6 – 8pm.
Bau-Xi Gallery is pleased to present The Lure of Magical Thinking, a new series of works by Bobbie Burgers. The exhibition will feature acrylic on canvas paintings in the artist’s signature style and the debut of mixed media relief works and free standing bronze sculpture.
The title The Lure of Magical Thinking describes the progression of cognitive development from youth to maturity. Coined by J. Wilder, the theory suggests that the importance of magical thinking, or the appreciation of causal effects that cannot be justified, is diminished in favour of an emphasis on realism and rational thought in adulthood. Upon observing my children’s fearlessness, I am reminded of the value of the imaginative spirit in my life and practice. With this new series, I am endeavouring to balance wisdom and experience with the lure of magical thinking.
Painting the unique form of mature roses stimulates me to build each bloom with layers of thick, rich colour. Their shape and darkening hue on the precipice of decline is infinitely more interesting to me than the perfectly uniform buds pf youth. In addition to the paintings which anchor the show, the variousness of dying roses has propelled me to explore new media including bronze sculpture and mixed media relief works. For the relief works, I sculpt with paper, gouache, acrylic paint and oil pastel to create individual unfurling petals and pin each to reproduce the effect of a cascading bouquet.
If a time for capriciousness has passed, my desire now is to depict the beauty of life and its inherent complexities, without chaining it to the canvas’ surface.
-Bobbie Burgers, 2014.
About The Artist:
Bobbie Burgers received a B.A. in Art History in 1996 from the University of Victoria, and has been represented by the Bau-Xi Gallery for over a decade. With over 60 solo exhibitions, Burgers has attained international stature.