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Doug Burton

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Fools Gold, 2013
Fools Gold, 2013
Fools Gold, Installation view - Nesta head offices, London, Digital Ink Jet Print on PVc Foamex, H 240cm x W 420cm, 2013
Doug Burton's work is engrossed with the manipulation of matter. He utilises digital scanning techniques to capture the surface of the world around us to create Drawings, Sculptures and Animations of an altered physical materiality. Burton is interested in notions of the spectacle as a substance, forming a technological version of a world beyond, and the perception of the exiling of human presence, creating a separation within our environment.

Umbilicus, Black Pigmented Wax, H 350cm x W 440cm
Umbilicus, Black Pigmented Wax, H 350cm x W 440cm
Burton's work attempts to absorb and distort surface reality and create a spectacle of the manipulated space in the mind of the viewer. Through the use of hand modelling and the excavation of a material history he is interested in the stratification of time, perceiving the layers as a frozen moment that can be warped and transmogrified within the work.

The transmission of reality from analogue to the digital space is central to his current practice. Burton is interested in discovering how the physical plane of reality is perceived and understood when that perception goes from our understanding of the analogue world to the confrontation with the digital domain.

2010 Continuum, Solo Show, Schwartz Gallery, London
Burton's solo exhibition explores a sense of the primordial and the viewer's psychological passage that would take them through shifting states as they engage with the work.'Umbilicus' is formed by a heavily modeled surface, echoing the remnants of some alien world or combusted reaction, where the morphology of the forms influence the troughs and peaks of its topography, the resulting wax casts replicate themselves enveloping and forming the entirety of the surface. 'Straw Dog' uses a sacrificial object to create a portal between the artist and the essence of the object, taking the title and starting point for the work from Lao Tzu's, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 5, "Heaven and earth are ruthless and treat the myriad creatures as straw dogs; the sage is ruthless, and treats the people as straw dogs. Is not the space between heaven and earth like a bellows?"
Straw Dog, Animation, 2010
Straw Dog, Animation, 2010

Doug Burton
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United Kingdom
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