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Burk to exhibit at Ontario Scene


Amanda Burk, Full Circle (unrest), 2015, Charcoal on paper, 10' x 10'​

Starting today, more than 600 artists from all disciplines will take over the Ottawa/Gatineau arts and culture scene for a 12-day festival, and Amanda Burk, associate professor in the department of fine and performing arts will be among them.

Musicians, actors, dancers, choreographers, visual and media artists, filmmakers, writers and master chefs will invade theatres, concert halls, museums, clubs, galleries, and even the streets with a new creative energy. Organized by the National Arts Centre, Ontario Scene will celebrate the province’s dynamic energy, and will provide a daring, eclectic reflection of contemporary Ontario. This festival is now in its sixth year and runs biannually.

Burk’s work has been curated into Gallery 101’s exhibition North of the 45th for the Ontario Scene. North of the 45th looks at the diversity of artistic practices and voices from Northern Ontario. From drawing to ceramics to video to performance, these works dismantle stereotypical notions of regional identity by offering complex and thoughtful expressions of the relationships that connect land, memory, and history.

“I am really pleased to be a part of this exhibition and honoured to be representing the North,” said Burk. “I will be exhibiting six works from my Dual series and also a new large-scale charcoal drawing which I just completed. It is ten feet by ten feet and it features mainly crows. My intention was for the drawing to have a certain intensity to it and a feeling of unrest. I think the North is often perceived as being a tranquil place by those who don't live here, but my experience of the North has been quite different from that.”

North of the 45th opens May 3 at 1 p.m. at Gallery 101. The exhibition continues until May 30, 2015.

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