EXHIBITION

Shame
Bluff
Gladiator
Upstate
Spring Training, Nils
Summer (Fall)
Lewellyn’s Blood
Hazelnut Farm
Father
Nectar Impérial, Nils
Silver Bullet
Wisteria
Post Game
Cherry
Swans (Snowstorm)
Cocoon
Open Country
Warren Courts
Beeramid II
Push Up
Ice
Nectar Impérial, Meyer
Woodchuck
Drop In
Camo I
Camo II
Spring Training, Ryan
Young Buck
Bleachers
August (Shotgun)
Exhibition Image
Exhibition Image Two

June 3 – July 9, 2010

Artist’s reception:
Thursday, June 10, 2010
6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to present an exhibition of work by photographer, Jesse Burke, his first solo show in New York City.

The intertidal zone is the ground that is exposed to air at low tide and is under water at high tide. It is an intermediated place where opposites commingle and coexist. Jesse Burke’s series, “Intertidal,” addresses the ambivalent domain between the heroic ideal of masculinity and the true reality of being male. Through the juxtaposition of photographs, Burke constructs an autobiographical investigation of the incongruousness of the fragility of masculinity.

Burke writes: “I photograph my life and the lives of the men in my social and family circles in an attempt to understand from where our ideas of masculinity originate. I am most drawn to the moments that are representative of vulnerability or emasculation; where there is a presence of a rupture or wound inflicted in some way, whether it be physical, emotional, or metaphorical. I employ concepts such as male bonding and peer influence, masculine rites and rituals, homosocial desire, physical exertion, and our connection to one another as well as the landscape that we interact within to expose these instances.”

Burke sets his subjects against the backdrop of his native New England, both embracing and critiquing his own absorption and assimilation of the masculine ideal and his ultimate construction of self.

Jesse Burke is an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received his MFA in photography in 2005. His work has been exhibited in such cities as New York, Tokyo, Milan, Stockholm, Madrid, Miami, and Los Angeles. The exhibition is complemented by the artist’s monograph of the same title from Decode Books (Seattle, Washington, 2008).

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