Jack Straw New Media Gallery

To Take the Shape of the Container
a multimedia exhibition by Erin Elyse Burns

April 5 – June 8, 2019

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

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Erin Elyse Burns - To Take the Shape of the Container

To Take the Shape of the Container is a multimedia exhibition that interweaves experiences of contemplative practice with loss and persistent mental imagery. From visions of death, to repetitive acts of quietude – visual dichotomies structure the work. Drawing inspiration from the mind's perception after many days in deep silence, the installation will emphasize minute details one might fixate upon when the white noise of city life is absent. Grounded in corporeality, sound is utilized to both enhance and exaggerate physical awareness. We can hear and feel our own blood pumping, if we pay close attention.

Erin Elyse Burns’s interdisciplinary art practice navigates territory within the disciplines of photography, video, installation, the performative gesture, and artifact. Her work has been exhibited at the Tucson Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Henry Art Gallery. Recent showings include Lilla Galleriet in Gerlesborg, Sweden, Photographic Center Northwest, and Border Patrol Gallery in Portland, Maine. Burns has received grants from the Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle, The New Foundation Seattle, and was a Fulbright Arts Finalist. She completed her BFA at the University of Nevada, Reno, and her MFA at the University of Washington. She is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts.

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute and Foundation, ArtsFund, media sponsor KUOW, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.

Recent exhibitions

Piano Drop (February 11 - March 17, 2019)

Silicone Love - Her Garden (September 7-November 9, 2018) by Chun Shao

to drown (June 1-July 13, 2018) by L Koo

Brain Goreng (April 13-May 18, 2018) by Matthew Thomas Shoemaker

blind film (February 9-March 30, 2018) by Sangjun Yoo

Mikawa (September 29-December 8, 2017) by Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison

The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies(June 16- August 4, 2017) by Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts

Meditations on Water (April 14 - June 2, 2017) by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell

Forgetting of Being (January 13 - March 24, 2017) by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo

CASTING SHADOWS (September 9 - October 28, 2016) by E.T. Russian

AUTONOMIC (July 8 - August 26, 2016) by Paul Kikuchi

Obiectum Resonare (April 8 - June 17, 2016) by James Borchers


Previous exhibitions

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Cultural Center, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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