Diane Burko Politics of Snow Locks Gallery Disappearing Series 2A, 2B

Disappearing Series 2A, 2B

2007

oil on canvas

diptych, 48 x 24 inches 

Diane Burko Politics of Snow Locks Gallery Disappearing Series 1A, 1B

Disappearing Series 1A, 1B

2007

oil on canvas

diptych, 48 x 24 inches 

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Politics of Snow Matterhorn Icon Series

Matterhorn Icon Series 

2009

oil on canvas

20 x 20 inches each

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Politics of Snow Toboggan Glacier #1 and #2

Toboggan Glacier #1: 1909 

Toboggan Glacier #2: 2000

2007

oil on canvas

diptych, 32 x 100 inches

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Twenty Mile Glacier #1 and #2

Twenty Mile Glacier #1: 1938 

Twenty Mile Glacier #2: 2005

2009

oil on canvas

diptych, 60 x 180 inches 

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Politics of Snow Qori Kalis Glacier Peru

Qori Kalis Glacier, Peru #3: 1983 

Qori Kalis Glacier, Peru #4: 2007

2009

oil on canvas

diptych, 60 x 168 inches

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Politics of Snow Portage Glacier #1 and #2

Portage Glacier #1: 1914

Portage Glacier #2: 2004

2009

oil on canvas

diptych, 24 x 48 inches 

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Politics of Snow Frinnell Mt. Gould #1, #3, #4

Grinnell Mt. Gould #1: 1938

Grinnell Mt. Gould #3: 1998

Grinnell Mt. Gould #4: 2006

2009

oil on canvas

triptych, 88 x 150 inches

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Politics of Snow Grinnel Glacier Overlook

Grinnell Glacier Overlook #1: 1940 

Grinnel Glacier Overlook #2: 2006

2009

oil on canvas

diptych, 50 x 162 inches 

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Politics of Snow Nunatak #1

Nunatak #1: 1938 

Nunatak #2: 2005

2010

oil on canvas

diptych, 60 x 134 inches

Diane Burko Politics of Snow Locks Gallery Alaska National Wildlife Reserve

Alaska National Wildlife Reserve Series 1-6

2007

oil on canvas

20 x 20 inches 

Diane Burko Locks Gallery Arapaho Glacier #1

Arapaho Glacier #1: 1960 

Arapaho Glacier #2: 2005

2009

oil on canvas

diptych, 24 x 48 inches

Press Release

December 2009, Philadelphia, PA–Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of a new series of paintings by Diane Burko, titled Politics of Snow. This is the artist’s tenth solo exhibition at the gallery. Politics of Snow will be on view February 5 through March 13, 2010. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, February 5th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. A fully illustrated catalog with an essay by Ian Berry will be available.
 
Like the painters of the Hudson River School associated with the sublime landscape, Burko’s new paintings focus on epic views. Her new subjects are glaciers and remote peaks in Alaska, Montana and the Alps. In Politics of Snow, Burko has shifted away from the quasi-naturalistic palette of the previous decade. Working from small black-and-white archival photographs, she introduces liberal interpretations via a monumentalizing scale and an imaginative color palette, including exposure of the unpainted canvas as its own color and ground.
 
Created at a time of worldwide concern about the global environment, Burko’s new paintings are a powerful eye-opener. By pairing her images so that a contemporary view is combined with the same view from 10 to 100 years ago, the effects of climate change are immediately apparent.
 
Like the experience of earlier sublime landscape paintings, the contemporary viewer is invited to take in the complete sweep of the monumental landscape. But the contemporary view poses a new challenge - will these glaciers and icecaps disappear?
 
Diane Burko has repeatedly approached painting with a naturalist’s zeal to seek out rare phenomena - whether through an early series of the Grand Canyon or her recent survey of volcanoes. The artist’s painting trips to remote locations have been documented in print and video, including on the Discovery Channel.
 
Burko will also be exhibiting photographs in a third floor exhibition titled, Imprints in the the Landscape. These images taken between 2007 and 2009 of the ice-covered ground of Pennsylvania and the sands of the South Dakota Badlands, draw the viewers’ attention to the imprints in the ground - both concrete and ephemeral - and strike a balance between abstraction and representation. This exhibition runs concurrent with the city-wide festival celebrating print in contemporary art, Philigrafika 2010.
 
Burko graduated from Skidmore College and received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. The artist has exhibited throughout the U.S. and has had recent solo museum exhibits at the Tang Museum, Tufts University Art Gallery and the James A. Michener Art Museum. She had a distinguished teaching career for twenty-five years. The artist’s work is in many museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, Delaware Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Woodmere Art Museum.