In Recent Monotypes, Myrna Burks presents monotypes for her first show at Carter Burden Gallery. Burks’ work is part of the rich dialogue that she has with the world; they reflect her environment and channel the colors, forms and spaces that she sees. Burks does not begin with a preconceived image or theme; rather, she just starts, trusting what emerges. While working, Burks insistently looks for clues as to how to proceed--is the color intense enough, does the line carry enough weight spatially or narratively. Typically, the collage element is added after the plate (Plexiglas here) has been painted with oil-based inks. For Burks’ process, timing is critical; the print must be printed with the colle (glue-side up) on top of the painted plate. It is a juggling act to print the image through the etching press before the paper is too dry or the colle paper begins to curl. Burks loves the process and its historical roots.
Myrna Burks is a painter and printmaker based in the East Village of Manhattan and Orient, Long Island. Burks studied lithography at the Tamarind Institute while earning her M.A. and M.F.A. at the University of New Mexico. Following graduate school, Burks taught printmaking and opened her own collaborative workshop in Portland, Oregon. After several years of specializing in lithography, Burks became inspired by the variety of technical possibilities of the monoprinting process, which led her to painting directly on canvas.
Burks’ work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Solo exhibition highlights include shows at The Painting Center in New York, Davidson Gallery in Seattle, and Laura Russo Gallery in Portland. Group exhibition highlights include “New Prints 2003/Winter” International Print Center Invitational in New York, NY, and “Veerle Rooms in Dialogue” Exhibition of International Printmakers in Antwerp, Belgium. Her work is held in numerous collections, including the United States Embassy Collection, the University of New Mexico Museum, Georgia State University Museum, the New York Public Library Print Collection, Intel Corporation, and The New York Stock Exchange.