After Bierstadt (Final Sale)

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by Jason Burch

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Artist Statement

For many there is a great fascination/desire to restore things to their past state. Yet, this too can be a very subjective position and our view of the past can be distorted by many things. I really like the idea of using a painting as a blueprint for construction. It is at once both a profound idea and yet contains absurd comedy about it as well. Albert Bierstadt's painting I think is a great foil here as his idealized view of the American landscape represents an unattainable goal. I have always had a fascination with construction sites ever since a house was built next to mine when I was seven years old and would wander around inside the house on the weekends. This piece steered much of my work over the years towards exploring different aspects of housing construction. Recently, I made a series of videos in a large construction project in Montclair, NJ. The scale of the project was immense much like the scene depicted in After Bierstadt. One video depicts two men discussing the rebuilding of a hill next to a housing development and the possibility of adding a water feature this time. Because, we can always make things better.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Jason Burch

Jason Burch has lived and worked as an artist in New Jersey for the past 15 years. In 2005, he received his MFA from Bard College. His photographs and videos focus on interventions in the landscape and the value system used to catalogue man and nature. His work was included in the 2004 Art + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers and in the exhibit Greater New York at MoMa PS1 in 2005. His work has been shown at the Jersey City Museum, Exit Art and the Laura Bartlett Gallery in London.
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