This exhibition showcases representations and narratives in two different mediums. Jessica Alazraki represents the Latinx community utilizing a two-dimensional format, whereas Bryan Burk presents his concerns about the environment onto three-dimensional, hand thrown clay vessels. Alazraki paints with a lack of perspective and utilizes colors expressively. Her style and subjects bears influence from artists like Diego Rivera, Laura Wheeler Waring and Alice Neel. She often times includes children, pet dogs and a dining table in her compositions which has become a signature of her works.
Bryan Burk came to ceramics recently and has already shown prodigious talent. Formally trained as a painter, Burk has pursued a successful career as a tattoo artist, having worked for famed tattoo artist Bob Roberts for 11 years before owning and running his tattoo practice for over 10 years. Burk’s paintings on clay bodies are heavily influenced by his tattoo art. Vessels which he hand throws and fires himself are like canvas surfaces for his expressions. Living in Los Angeles, his works are informed by the environment which has seen droughts, wild fires, systemic homelessness and the destruction of habitats of native species. In his beautifully rendered animals such as Red Tail Hawk or Coyote, he contrasts them with objects such as iPhone, garbage or tents occupied by the homeless in LA.
Jessica Alazraki studied at Parsons School of Designs, Long Island Academy of Art and NY Academy of art. She has exhibited extensively in New York City and won many awards and residencies. She was one of the winners of New American Paintings Issue 152 juried by MFA Boston’s Liz Munsell. Her works are in the collection of Rubell Museum and Perez Museum.
Bryan Burk received his BA in Fine Arts from Bennington College, VT. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, CA and Helena, MT and completed a residency at Archie Bray Foundation, MT.