PRESENCE & ABSENCE | PETER BURKE: Andipa & Online
"I am moving towards working with the implications of human presence without any reference directly to the figure" - Peter Burke
The distinct and compelling sculptures of Peter Burke showcase an artist who embraces the void. Defined as “a completely empty space”, a void simultaneously and paradoxically exists within its own absence. In his new solo show, “Presence and Absence”, a celebration of his life and over 60 year dedication to his craft, the esteemed British sculptor places the human form within industrial methods of creation as showcased by over 40 works.
Fascinated with the precision of mechanical processes, industrial casting and production, Burke opts not for the abstract but for the deeply human - making his sculptures highly suited for a place in our homes. It is this juxtaposition between such heavy industrial processes with the tender nature of the human form that makes his artworks so impactful. Both an ode to our ingenuity and our own intelligence, there is a celebration of the human spirit that captures, conquers and tames the brutality of industrial metals.