PRESS ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Throughout her accomplished career as a painter and photographer, Fatemeh Burnes has depicted what she describes as “the nature around us and within us.” “Imprints of Nature and Human Nature” explores the phenomena of human experience and connection through communication, empathy, and general awareness. Addressing the inextricable relationship between nature and human nature, the work in this exhibition has been produced in several distinctive ways, including paintings that have been carved and textured and photographic prints with enhanced surfaces. Such media combinations invest Burnes’ complex representations of the natural, the dream state, and the illuminated human figure with added visual wonderment. She ranges in style from exacting naturalism to pure abstraction, often synthesizing disparate approaches, and her painting and even photography can be as much object as image. But Burnes always celebrates the vitality of the real world through lived sensation.
Burnes, a native of Teheran now living in Orange County, has been exhibiting professionally and teaching art since the 1980s. She has served as Director and Curator at the Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery for the past twenty years, where she created and has conducted an influential program in exhibition organization and design. This survey of mostly recent work, celebrating Burnes' service as Art Professor and Gallery Director and Curator of Exhibitions, has been organized by several of her former students and colleagues, including Howard Hill, Melody Kriesel, Anna Mendoza, Nancy Morikawa, Ines Nuno, Thomas Padilla, Mary-Linda Piercy and Selena Robles, with the support of Michael L. Miller (Chief Preparator and designer at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery) and Peter Frank (Associate Editor for Fabrik Magazine and art critic for Huffington Post).
Fatemeh Burnes' work directly reflects her own understanding of existence, visual and otherwise. Her use of multiple media and techniques connects deeply with audiences as they begin to realize that her experiences, rich as they may be, are not entirely unlike their own – part of human nature. “I resist at every turn our tendency to simplify the world by categorizing it into different kinds of things or kinds of art,” Burnes has written. “There are no categories for me, only experiences.”
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Exhibiting Artist: Fatemeh Burnes
Exhibition Dates: March 14-April 21, 2013
College Reception: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4 -6 p.m.
Public Reception: Sunday, March 17, 3 - 6 p.m.
Book Signing: Sunday, April 21, 3 - 6 p.m.
catalog and artist book available
- Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Tuesday Evenings 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mt. SAC Art Gallery
Admission: Free and open to the public