April 1 - May 9, 2015

Karl Burkheimer

Not It

The impetus of Burkheimer's creative practice is a conflation of influences, negotiating a spectrum of curiosities, experiences and knowledge. Through the haze of daily routine Burkheimer challenges himself to notice the miniscule and see the ordinary. These observations, synthesized through a making space, perpetuate contemplations of the ubiquitous, ever-changing built environment that surrounds us. The objects and images he creates exist in the public realm as points of exchange, yet the exhibited work converge as an index of what is not present; they are a residue of the art, with meaning located within the act of making rather than the making relegated as a means to meaning. The outcomes are brief incarnations that seed subsequent renderings, continually fueling practice, while exercising curiosity.


Burkheimer's work has been exhibited nationally, including recent exhibitions in Seattle, Wash., the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Penn., and the Portland Art Museum. His critical writing has been published in Ceramic Monthly, and he has received several awards of recognition as well as institutional funding, including a 2012 individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, a 2014 Opportunity Grant from the Ford Foundation and Oregon Arts Commission, a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum, and a 2013 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. Burkheimer is chair of the MFA in Craft at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC). He received his MFA from the Department of Crafts and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University.

Formally the head of OCAC's Wood Department, Burkheimer has been actively involved in the development of OCAC's MFA programs, and was the associate chair within the Applied Craft + Design program, a collaborative MFA with Pacific Northwest College of Art. Prior to joining the faculty at OCAC, he was assistant professor of design at Virginia Commonwealth University's branch campus in Qatar. He has also worked with students and faculty from the University of Manitoba as a guest artesian for service learning studios in Turkey and Africa.

The exhibit is curated by Cris Moss and sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield, the Linfield Gallery and the Department of Art and Visual Culture. The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor. The series, sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund at Linfield College, is dedicated to helping the college present art events and activities for the campus and community.

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