Meat Candy, paintings by David Burke

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Meat Candy, paintings by David Burke

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - July 16 @ 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until June 5, 2022


Fleshy pinks, candy reds, and iridescent green fat shimmer in these monumental ink drawings. Burke’s work often explores the intersection between man-made and natural worlds. The specific inspiration for Meat Candy comes from a personal examination of our meat consumption and production. Like a contemporary twist on a cubist still-life, Burke abstracts and repeats his subject with masterful design that results in graceful, dynamic compositions. These powerful paintings are ironically both appealingly beautiful and grotesque.

–Christine Ferrouge

Werkshack Curator


[Image detail: Game of Chicken]

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May 28 @ 12:00 pm
July 16 @ 5:00 pm
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Christine Ferrouge


Name of the Artist
David Burke
About the Artist
David Burke is an Oakland based painter and educator whose work has been exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. He is the art director for the Super Heroes Mural Project in West Oakland and co-founded the Autobody Bridge Program for emerging Bay Area artists. Most recently he was selected by Zero1 to be a part of the flagship American Arts Incubator program that sends artists abroad to collaborate with youth and underserved populations on community-based new media and mural art projects that bolster local economies, influence public policy, and further social innovation. For the last several years his work has been exploring the intersection between man- made and natural worlds. Burke’s recent ink drawings are equal parts hybrid farm animal and genetic experiment gone sideways. At a moment when scientists are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with genetic cloning and 3-D printers are programmed to print everything from food to firearms, there are bound to be missteps and deviations that result in surprising mutations that stray from the intended outcome. These pieces depict what some of these miscalculations might yield in the form of mutated animal forms with body parts that grow into and out of one another in a way that renders the creature virtually helpless. The paintings illustrate man’s complex and often convoluted relationship to nature and depict instances in which theses forces both compliment one another and collide in destructive ways. His process involves equal parts control and chaos, and echoes tenuous socio-ecological relationships depicted in the imagery. The use of synthetic material reinforces the commentary on man’s impulse to consume, contain and modify the earth’s resources in order to accommodate our own needs and desires. His work celebrates man’s desire to build, innovate and create, while acknowledging the fact that our impulse to grow and consume is eroding the ecological framework that we depend on to sustain our wasteful habits.


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481 25th Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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