Get Back to Work Doyg

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Get Back to Work Doyg

Artwork by Doug Burns
April 15 – November 27, 2022
Visual Arts Center | Jerstad Gallery

About the Artist
Doug Burns was born in New Zealand and holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in painting/drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked at museums in Chicago, Ill., and Portland, Ore., and has exhibited internationally, including recent solo exhibitions in Luverne, Minn.; New York, N.Y.; and Munich, Germany. Burns currently resides in Portland, Ore.

Artist Statement
After my son’s birth, I was lucky to get two or three hours a month in the studio. I had no time or resources to make art. My only time alone was spent driving to and from work. My solution was simple, if not downright desperate. If I was going to make art, I had to do it while on the job. So, I stealthily moved my art studio into my office at the museum. Works in progress were hidden under legal pads, in manila folders and even behind a poster on the wall. Little sculptures lined the back of my desk drawers.

Naturally, my art practice changed a bit. I could only use materials found in the workplace. Discarded mount-making materials and cleaning supplies were recycled into small assemblages. Colored post-it notes, blue tape and daily ephemera were used to produce collages. The catch was that the work had to be small enough to sneak out of the museum. Every night, security guards checked my bag. If they had noticed a sculpture or collage in there, the jig would have been up.

I’ve continued working in this manner, only my “studio” has expanded beyond the workplace. It’s become particularly fun at home because I’ve realized that if I want to make art here, I needed to include the kids. Both children draw and paint on my canvases whenever they feel like it. I also collage their drawings into my work along with the other ephemera that passes through my fingertips on a daily basis.

April 15 2022


Start: April 15
End: July 28
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