Kenneth Burris sees iconography in his work work as an investigation of self. He builds narratives that test his own concepts against the external world, searching to find a way through a network of reference and recognition. His thoughts revolve around personal and intimate, interwoven by capitalism, environmentalism, industrialization, technology, and culture. By flirting between representation and abstraction, he creates singular worlds of personalized drama that unfold into a critical language of it’s own.
Influenced by 21st century technology like Video games, Google earth, Internet, and You-tube, Kenneth said ”We live in a time of anxiety and news media. It is intensive expression of anxiety.”
He is sensitive to environmental issues, and the work he is exhibiting at chashama deals with balance and precision. He looks at isolation and what is mechanical, methodical, and sporadic.He feels that optimism overcomes anxiety, and he averts disaster by creating a way to funnel anxiety.
Kenneth’s visual art will be exhibited at chashama on 217 E. 42nd Street until Sunday, November 13th.