The world and the things that belong to it are as plain as day, and utterly mysterious when you look.
My artwork points actively to this odd situation, to what’s happening, the situation itself, experienced directly. I use the things of the world, found and repurposed, in this investigation.
In gestures, placement and marks, using whatever is at hand that I like together, I explore directly: What is happening actually? I care about arrangement, composition, color relationship, and form.
The work has succeeded if it’s easy to enter, and yields complexity if you keep looking. My best work appears to bring the situation alive in a different way, and you as that situation, alive in a different way.
I value awareness practices which are sometimes called mindfulness, meditation, or direct inquiry. My artwork is either the byproduct of these or new, dynamic forms of practice itself.
The participatory work invites people to remember themselves as part of something greater and freer than what they might have been experiencing a moment before. The works on paper, paintings, and sculpture are a direct invitation.
Recent creative projects introduce the activity of undoing, dispersal, and paring down to this inquiry: what’s the art, where does it reside: in the maker, the viewer, the object, or a record of it’s prior existence?
- Hannah Burr, 2017
List of Work by Year
You Are Legend
Help me [ ], do the thing.
Stand In Series
Whatever Works Book Project
Fresh Eyes MFA
Hannah Burr is an artist/writer who lives and works in Boston MA. She’s exhibited her work at the Drawing Center, New York, Currier Museum of Art NH, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grantee, Berkshire Taconic Foundations Award Winner and MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has written two artist books since 2013, the first, Contemporary Prayers to * [whatever works], sells in over 50 museum shops in 26 states. The second, Help me [ ], do the thing. just came out in 2016. She’s been represented by Judy Goldman Fine Art, Newbury Street Boston, Barbara Singer Fine Art, Cambridge, and the Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill ME.
What If Project
Residue, Swan Day
Visual Traces: the Urbano Project
Visual Traces of Groups at Work: Drawing Center
Visual Traces of Groups at Work: Room 204
Public Art in Cambridge
On, Around and Through
Drawings and Paintings 1999 - 2000