PLACES UNKNOWN - CULBERSON and PLANO, TEXAS
Over graciously wide scopes of rolling, open country, the highway winds across a landscape of groomed neatness; out buildings are sturdy, the barns sometimes finer than the big, roomy white frame homes. Sometimes there are plodding oxen in the fields; the next farm may have a tractor. The love of these people for their land is reflected in spick-and-span premises.
—Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State (1940)
- Culberson, Texas, 24 x 68 inches, oil on canvas, 2011.
- Plano, Texas, 26 x 54 inches, oil on canvas, 2014.
Editor’s Note: See Guide Nate Burbeck’s PLACES UNKNOWN at Anna Zorina Gallery in New York City. The show, comprised of works completed since 2011, reveals a haunting world of prototypically American locales such as a suburban cul-de-sac, a highway rest stop, an empty field on the edge of town, each rendered alien by the insertion of an inexplicable surreal element. This disruption of our visual expectations is heightened by the addition of figures that stand trance-like, often placed or facing away from the central subject of the painting, expressionless and passive, like observers from another time and culture. The suspended tension of these juxtapositions allows the paintings, as Nate says, to “explore and to externalize an inner space or a psychological state that I feel permeates…contemporary American society.”
- What: NATE BURBECK: PLACES UNKNOWN
- When: Opening Thursday, February 20, 2014; 6-8PM; Runs through March 25, 2014.
- Where: Anna Zorina Gallery, 533 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
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Nate Burbeck is a State Guide to Minnesota and an At-Large Guide to the Midwest. He curates a few regionally-themed art tumblrs —beyond 9th avenue (Northeastern artists), fly over art (Midwestern artists), dim with beauty (Southern artists) and in the new frontier (Western artists) and has himself been named one of “Ten Artists to Watch in 2013" on the Walker Art Center’s mnartists blog. Follow Nate’s work on Tumblr at nburbeck.tumblr.com or on his website.