From Will Broaddus’ review in the Gloucester Times:
It may or may not be a man’s world, but in the photography of Jesse Burke, the world of men is the center of attention.
On display at the Carol Schlosberg Gallery at Montserrat College of Art, Burke’s work captures men engaging in sports, hunting and drinking beer. The show as a whole is identified with the latter activity by the use of a beer’s brand name in its title, “Jesse Burke: High Life.”
There is some version of the beverage in several photos, including bottles of beer cradled in the hands of some portrait subjects, pressurized beer flying out of cans and one figure drinking brew “shotgun”-style.
The exhibit may appear at first like the record of a frat party.
But far from simply indulging in male stereotypes, Burke’s work invites an emotional response that complicates and even subverts our understanding of masculinity.