Tom Burr, ‘Grip Four’, 2015, Bortolami

About Tom Burr

In his spare, enigmatic, mixed-media sculptures and installations, Tom Burr explores the ways in which we imbue the spaces and things by which we are surrounded—like clothing, furniture, or the patterns in wood—with our memories and emotions. As he explains: “I know that objects retain the stain of people and that our memory can be physically located out of longing or grief.” Though his work is grounded in his own memories, it is deliberately ambiguous, allowing viewers to invest it with their own life experiences. He uses what he calls a “focused spectrum” of humble materials and found objects, including plywood, old blankets and t-shirts, radiators, doors, books, and bits of hardware. By draping a pair of nylons over a radiator, encasing sneakers in yellow Plexiglas, or constructing stripped-down rooms, Burr makes his (and our) memories material.

American, b. 1963, New Haven, Connecticut

Solo Shows

2018
SCAD Museum of Art, 
Savannah, GA, USA,
Sedimental
2017
Westfälischer Kunstverein, 
Münster, Germany,
Surplus of Myself
2016
Piece* Unique, 
Cologne, Germany,
Put Down
2015
New York,

Group Shows

2018
Kunsthalle Bern, 
Bern, Switzerland,
Die Zelle
2017
Musée Arthur Rimbaud, 
Charleville-Mézières, France,
Maison des Ailleurs
2017
Bad Reputation, 
Los Angeles, CA, USA,
ENTRE NOUS
2017
Skulptur Projekte, 
Münster, Germany,
Benz Bonin Burr with Cosima von Bonin
2016
2016
Walker Art Center, 
Minneapolis, MN, USA,
Ordinary Pictures
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