Eye Candy: Solo Exhibition by Jon Burgerman
Praise Shadows Art Gallery is thrilled to present the first solo exhibition in Boston by the New York-based artist Jon Burgerman. Internationally recognized for his vibrant, intuitive style, Eye Candy embodies the world of Burgerman’s characters through works in various media from drawing, painting, to three-dimensional collectible items and books.
Burgerman’s creations manifest themselves in amusement, often an effort to make him laugh or distract his thoughts from outside pressures. This became particularly heightened during the lockdown in 2020. “Art is my route of escape, not only from the world around me but the anxieties inside of me,” says the artist. “I wanted to create a joyful, colourful space for people to visit, that shares how I managed to cope with the lockdown by focusing my attention on play and creativity. Hopefully visitors will come away with some of that energy and feel creatively inspired themselves.”
His practice is focused on using creative play as a means of communication. Burgerman intuitively creates works, using shape, colour and expression, as if trying to solve a puzzle that has no obvious solution. The pieces eventually click and fit together in ways not always completely obvious. In many ways, these works are moments of self-reflection.