By Mina Truong, features editor
The second show of the semester for the Newman University Steckline Gallery will be “Nothing Good will Happen Here” by Bob Burdette.
Burdette uses a technique he refers to as “cut and paste” in his paintings. This practice originated from his sculpture days in college, when he would find objects and incorporate them into sculptures. Within his paintings, he pieces together various texts and images from magazines or other print media that he finds.
Even though Burdette takes this information, breaks it apart, and reassembles it into something new, “there’s still some of that history in it.” These images and texts are often advertising slogans that Burdette uses to “create a fake hype,” which represents his commentary consumerism.
“I like to make fun of it. The slogans never live up to what they say,” Burdette said. “In a lot of my paintings I use terms like ‘guarantee’ to try to build a fake hype. These products claim to make your life better, but do they really?”
He incorporates text into the environment and background of his paintings to portray the influence of consumerism on society.
“You become part of the game,” Burdette said. “We kind of are walking advertisements, and the slogans and claims become part of your environment.”
While Burdette conveys his interpretation of consumerism in his art, he also invites viewers to voice their own opinions.
“I’m mostly concerned with what the viewer brings to the interaction,” Burdette says. “I love talking to people about this because everyone has a different reaction to the information.”
Burdette was born in Heidelberg, West Germany, in 1973 and is now residing in Wichita. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Memphis College of Art, and his works have been exhibited in galleries throughout several major cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City.
The paintings will be showcased with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m on Friday in De Mattias Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 19. The gallery is opened from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public. There will be another free and public opportunity to meet Burdette at the Art for Lunch event from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the Steckline Gallery. A light lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.