Klaus Bürgel's geometric silkscreen drawings layered on top of color photographs invoke a complex logic of sculpture and space: "Unless a sculpture exists in a vacuum," Bürgel explains, "it is inherently dependent on its environment for its success. I was interested in a dialogue between the photographed image and my memory of taking it, a dialogue with the space, a dialogue with the material, and a dialogue between process and result." The resulting series of four prints comprise an investigation of the longing of sculpture for a place, an exploration of the tension that occurs between volume, space, form, and construction. Digital color photography behind multiple layers of colored silkscreen runs establish a wonderful surface tension of glossy and matte image areas. The photographs were shot by the artist on holiday and exude a kind of tourist voyeurism which is then obstructed and covered by his drawn compositions.
Klaus Bürgel was born in Radolfzell, Germany in 1958. He received his MFA at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich in 1993. Early in his career he gained knowledge in metalsmithing through an influential apprenticeship and a BFA from the Crafts Guild Pforzheim. He has had solo exhibitions at Oliver Art Center California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA; Bernard Toale Gallery Boston, MA; Goethe Institute, Boston, MA; and Jewelerswerk Gallery, Washington D.C. Most recent group shows include: Adornment, Goucher College, Baltimore; Micromegas, American Craft Museum, NY; Historical Connnections, Mobilia Gallery; The Art of Gold, (traveling exhibition) Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS and other venues. Bürgel has taught at the Maine College of Art, Portland, ME; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; California College of Arts, Oakland, CA; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. He lives and works in New York City.