Origins & Destinations, an exhibit of mixed-media work on envelopes and postcards by Fred Burton opens Feb. 8 in Fairbanks Hall.
Burton’s obsession with decorating envelopes and postcards started around 1985. At first they were vessels for correspondence, but occasionally they also acted as surrogates for sketchbook pages and also became explorations of technique, color and form. Burton soon found them increasingly fascinating because they dovetailed with his interests in topographies, systems, and the complexities those elements create in both art and life.
Fred Burton is a professor at the Memphis College of Art where he has taught since 1987. His paintings, drawings and woodcuts have been exhibited in Paris, London, New York City, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, and Orlando. Burton has held residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation, Montauk, Long Island; the Michael Karolyi Foundation, Vence, France; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic; the Tyron Guthrie Center in County Monaghan, Ireland; the Millay Colony for the Arts, Steepletop, Austerliz, New York; the Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois; the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, New York and the Morris Graves Foundation, Loleta, California.
Fairbanks Gallery is open Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.