Amanda Burnham: Rite of Way

April 12, 2008 - May 3, 2008

Opening reception April 12, 2008, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

In 'Rite of Way', Amanda Burnham builds pictorial landscapes based on the American landscape and the values it encodes, using the genre as a framework to reflect upon the ways that individuals are challenged, alienated, or marginalized by contemporary society. The metaphorical opposition of discreet spaces is often central to her work, as in Manifest Destiny, where a gritty, ruined home sits opposite a distant mountainscape. Messy personal reality fails to join with idealized spectre: the path which seemingly connects the two spaces never actually reaches the foreground. The composition encloses the viewer in an obstacle-ridden space that can only be tripped through.