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"Burk Uzzle: Riptide: America on the Flipside"
2004-11-04 until 2004-12-24
Laurence Miller Gallery
New York, NY,
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Riptide: America on the Flipside, recent photographs by Burk Uzzle, will be on exhibit at Laurence Miller Gallery from November 4 - December 24, 2004. With humor and charm, Burk Uzzle has continued his four-decade exposition on how Americans display their idiosyncratic dreams and aspirations. From Daytona Beach, Florida to Winooski, Vermont, Burk Uzzle discovers and celebrates, in black-and-white, the quirky displays of patriotism, childhood, and fantasy that are unique to America. A homeowner in Vermont places more than four dozen homemade artificial cows in his yard each day, to what purpose we don't know. A car owner in South Carolina completely covers his car in shrubbery, like an exotic topiary sculpture. A field in Georgia is covered by rows of miniature crosses, like grave markers from a war between Lilliputians.
The exhibition will also include several new works in color, in which the artist photographs heaps of shredded papers from the offices of professionals, like a dentist and an accountant, and from the studio of an erotic artist. Evocative of Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly, these richly textured images function as humorous occupational portraits. . .we may not be able to read their writings, but we can deduce their professions.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1938, Uzzle began his artistic career as a newspaper photographer in the mid-1950's, moving on to assignments for LIFE from 1962-1968. He joined Magnum in 1967, and served as its president from 1979-1980. He has had one-person shows regularly since 1970, and was included in many important survey exhibitions, from "Photography 68" at the George Eastman House, to "Contemporary Photographers" at the Stedelijk Museum in Holland, in 1978. He has published three monographs of his work: Progress Report on America, Chrysler Museum, 1992; All American, Aperture, 1985; and Landscapes, Magnum, 1973. His prints have been acquired by major museums around the world, including the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Stedelijk Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. He presently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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