Slag Gallery is pleased to present the solo show Oblique Functions, featuring a new body of work by Aimée Burg.
"My work builds items and places containing stories, born from natural history and domestic modernity: what came before and the hope/fear of what might come. It conveys an unsettled familiarity—spaces and objects the viewer suspects are for everyday use, but for purposes that exist in an undiscovered time/space/context. These are artifacts of a culture not yet understood."
Aimée Burg’s Oblique Functions soothes its audience all the way to the revelation that meanings, which can be as profound as they are radical, have somehow been intimated. Burg's installation is a deliberate arrangement of a number of sculptures that are suggested at once as independent objects, and as forming a unison set.
Burg recites a visual poem through an array of impractical tools and objects intended to better sort a contemporary life but constructed with media, scales, and assumptions preventing any helpful conclusion; each familiar material—fabric, fiber, wood—eventually betrays a uncanny logic.
Burg’s objects are united under their semblance not merely aesthetically but in a further, crucial sense: of mundane substance, inorganic form, and aura of familiarity being immediately suggested to the eye as artifacts, as tools, more precisely still, as ones of domestic use.
Aimée Burg holds a BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University School of Art. She has exhibited internationally both solo and in groups, has received numerous awards and honors –including a Vermont Studio Center Residency, an Emma Bee Bearnstein Fellowship, George R.Bunker and a Paddy Johnson Award– is one-third of the Dark Matter Collective, and has been serving as a curator, both independently and for Art Lot since 2012.