Victoria Burge | New Editions

Night Architecture, 2020
3-color Silkscreen on Coventry Rag paper
Plate: 14 x 11 inches Paper: 20 x 16 inches
Edition of 200
Printed in Brooklyn, NY at Powerhouse Arts by Luther Davis, Dennis Hrehowsik, Chris Kinsler and Zaire Anderson


Victoria Burge | New Editions
December 3, 2020 – January 17, 2021


Planthouse is pleased to present New Editions featuring new prints by Victoria Burge.

In Night Architecture, threadlike lines connect scattered points of light on an opaque black ground. Built on the concept of the warp and weft, the vertical and horizontal axes used in weaving, Night Architecture unites Victoria Burge’s previous explorations of celestial cartographies with her recent research into the repeated patterns and coded notations used in textile design.

The preliminary drawing for Night Architecture is based on a page of the Atlas Eclipticalis (1958), a codex of star charts by Czech astronomer Antonín Bečvář. Using the points on the original map as graphic anchors, Burge creates a fabric of constellations. Night Architecture combines the randomness of scattered light with a sense of order, grounded by the architectural structure of the grid. Each line’s trajectory calls to mind a ray of light in the night sky, the organic filaments of a spider’s web, or a delicate strand of thread.

Burge’s works on paper are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the British Museum, and the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has been awarded fellowships by MacDowell and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.


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