Approved: 25.07.2010

Doug Burton

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Teacher

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Approved: 25.07.2010

The visceral manipulation of matter and the capturing of perceived reality as a frozen entity are central to my ideas. My work questions what it is to alter the fabric of physical materiality, creating an artefact out of the unearthed structure and allowing my own powers as an artist to augment its state.
The matter-drawings exist as digital prints, forming a memento to something unrealised and

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  • Location: Devon, South West
  • Activities: Further education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Digital, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture
  • Tags: Morphology, Matter, Physics, Celestial, Grotto, Morph, CGI
 
 

Biography

The visceral manipulation of matter and the capturing of perceived reality as a frozen entity are central to my ideas. My work questions what it is to alter the fabric of physical materiality, creating an artefact out of the unearthed structure and allowing my own powers as an artist to augment its state. The matter-drawings exist as digital prints, forming a memento to something unrealised and forgotten, picturing the future of the world as artefact. In Jan Zalasiewicz's 'The Earth After Us', a vision of the earth is created as archaeological find for an alien race to discover and investigate about us. This idea of our future as extinct from the world and only our foot print is left behind when nature erodes all our organic self away fascinates me. Through the process of digital-casting and the excavation of a physical history I'm interested in the stratification of time, perceiving the layers as a frozen moment that can be warped and transmogrified within the work. I'm interested in creating a visceral connection between myself and the object; my presence within the act of manipulating the sculptural digital matter creates a crossing of the divide between the actual and virtual space. My Sculptures, Drawings and Animations question 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.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1999 - Postgraduate Fine Art, Royal Academy Schools, London 1995 - First Class Degree, Sculpture, Winchester School of Art, Winchester Solo exhibitions 2010 - Continuum, Schwartz Gallery, London 2008 - Morphology, Royal Academy Gallery, Hornsey, London Group exhibitions 2013 - Drawn 2013, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2012 - RETROSPEX, Elevator Gallery, Hackney Wick 2009 - 'Galileo, Galileo!', Royal Astronomical and Arts Council funded, Islington Arts Factory, London 2008 - 'Morphology', Doug Burton and Nicky Hirst, Royal Academy Gallery, London Intervention 2013 - Nesta, Nesta Head Office, 1 Plough Place, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - National Sculpture Prize 2010, Broomhill Sculpture Park, North Devon