Elijah Burgher, ‘Bachelor machine, from behind and below (Guyotat version)’, 2013, Whitney Biennial 2014

Image rights: © Elijah Burgher. Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago

Collection of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago

About Elijah Burgher

Elijah Burgher’s artwork indoctrinates viewers into a mystical cult of queer sexual energies. He produces small colored pencil drawings, as well as paintings on large canvas drop cloths. The latter works include sigil motifs—abstract glyphs that are concerned with semiotics but also evoke Modernist abstract painting. Burgher’s drawings of nude men feature his friends and illustrate environments from his daily life; they function as relics of rituals, and have a quasi-erotic quality, grounding the works’ more abstract components in the realm of reality. “At base, I want to know whether an artwork, any artwork, can possess meaning—to truly embody it somehow,” Burgher said.

American, b. 1978, Kingston, NY, United States, based in Berlin, Germany

Solo Shows

2018
Ivan Gallery, 
Bucharest, Romania,
Nudes in the Forest
2017
Chicago,
The Dead Know Everything

Group Shows

2018
KW Institute of Contemporary Art, 
Berlin, Germany,
Pause: AA Bronsons Garten der Lüste
2015
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, 
Grand Rapids, MI, USA,
Power Objects: The Future Has a Primitive Heart
2015
Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 
Catskill, NY, USA,
River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Western Exhibitions/ Scott Speh Gallery at Dallas Art Fair 2015