Jan 14- Feb 28, 2013For his second solo exhibition in Dubai, the artist presents a series of small paintings on paper rendered in acrylics and marker pens, illustrating characters that belong to a personal lexicon of forms.
Playfully executed with a stark graphic sensibility, the figures populating Burki’s work exhibit a sense of celebratory ritual; neon spectral colours clash with deep black and hues of grey to create a state of flux in his totemic anthromorphs. There is coherence between the ancient and modern in the work, sharp edged geometry and synthetic colours contained within primitive silhouettes give the work an atemporal quality. Burki takes his visual cues from a disparate number of sources from tribal and folk art to science fiction and various strands of contemporary popular culture. The work self-consciously references the past, but remains innovative and contemporary.