Karl Burke, Mound, 2011. Building rubble and yellow paint, dimensions variable.

Karl Burke

Leitrim, Ireland

Leitrim Sculpture Centre

When confronting a scientific problem, simplification yields the most suitable basis from which to carry out a logical and deductive analysis. This direction of thought is useful in that it brings the world and its phenomena toward the mind, breaking the complex into crude, static moments that can then be analyzed. Intuition is placed outside of this method—between the one who objectively intervenes and the world he or she intervenes into. Karl Burke’s recent solo show, “Taking a Line,” included a series of logical interventions primarily concerned with perceptions of space and time. Either end of the large gallery space held photographic prints, placed directly on the walls, a drawing, a video piece, and a canvas with some painted text. The photographs depict a hand thrust into a sylvan setting (with the thumb, index, and middle finger pointing out Cartesian x, y, and z axes), a mound of boulders with a strip of white tape traced across them, and then a mound of building rubble with some faces of the strewn material painted yellow. …see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.