Friends of Foes

Bruce Burris

January 19 -February 28, 2021

Bruce Burris (b.1955) is an artist, activist, and director of several community initiatives: Artworks – CEI, OUTPOST1000 and In Visible, that assist individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, many of whom are artists themselves. Burris’s practice stems from observations of class and philosophical divides. Drawing on memories and concepts of protest, he melds text, images, and objects into zealous bulletins and psychedelic tableaux. Occasionally absurd yet indisputably valid, these messages provoke reflection and demand reaction.

Bruce Burris was born in 1955 in Wilmington, DE. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and Nasson College in Sanford, Maine. His solo exhibitions include Friends of Foes at MARCH x Summertime (Brooklyn, NY) in 2021, We Will Shed Some Blood to Save Our Mountain! At A.L.S.O. (New York, NY) in 2019, SUPERREGIONAL at the Fairbanks Gallery of Art at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) in 2018, We Will Someday, Someday We Will at Institute 193 (Lexington, KY) and Welcome to the Lonely Mountain Community Center at Thunder-Sky Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) in 2010.

Burris has exhibited throughout the United States, including the 2016  Portland Biennial, curated by Michelle Grabner and presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Burris has been awarded fellowships or awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Hallie Ford Foundation, the Kentucky State Arts Council, the Delaware State Arts Council, the NEA-SAF, Puffin Foundation and Vermont Studio Center. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

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