Bruno David Gallery Presents: Bunny Burson "Hidden in Plain Sight"
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This event is part of a series.
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Bruno David Gallery, Inc.
3721 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, 63108
"Bruno David Gallery presents the exhibition HIDDEN in Plain Sight by Bunny Burson, on view from May 11 to June 30, 2012. Comprised of installations, prints and drawings, Burson's exhibition, HIDDEN in
Plain Sight, draws inspiration from a collection of over 100 letters written by the artist’s grandparents to her mother between 1939-1941. Using prints, transfers, and overlays, Burson simultaneously grants and denies her viewers access to the content of the letters and their impact on the artist’s own personal journey.
Discovered by the artist in 2009, the letters were found where they had been ‘hidden in plain sight’ for over 50 years - in the attic of her childhood home in Memphis, TN. They chronicle her grandparents’ desperate attempts to leave Germany and then Latvia after sending their children to the United States in 1938. More importantly, however, the letters reveal the intimate details of people she never knew - her grandparents and their relationship with her own mother as a young woman. The revelations contained within these letters helped fill the void of an unknown family history that had haunted the artist for years. The work featured in HIDDEN in Plain Sight represents Burson’s experience of processing these revelations, and the narrative she constructs strongly evokes the physical hand of both her grandparents and herself as they eventually become one.
As much as this exhibit stems from Burson’s own inward personal journey, the artist’s work looks outward. It challenges us to take our own journeys, to ask: Who am I? Where do I come from? What makes me who I am? HIDDEN in Plain Sight is a call to share our stories, to develop an understanding of each other and ourselves.
Bunny Burson received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition with essays by Kate Butler and Kara Gordon"