“The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.”
David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930)
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David Burdeny

David Burdeny


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (1968)

My work focuses on the study and exploration of quiet, innocuous spaces at dusk and dawn, where the land is momentarily held – emerging from and receding into darkness. I search for ephemeral moments when space, light, and texture comes together to give pause. Embedded between the natural and domestic, these landscapes are often found at the periphery of parking lots, highways, urban parks, and public beaches. Each day these spaces are made and unmade and I am drawn to them for the weightlessness that lingers after activity ceases. They are charged with an alluring sense of anticipation – of what was and what will be.

The idea of exclusion is central to these images: left behind, left outside, forgotten. They are intentionally vacuous and hollow, devoid of human presence, but clearly touched by it. They contain an element of tension and speak of vulnerability and strength. I see them as visual metaphors for the struggles we encounter every day.

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